Flagler County

Hurricane Dorian dunes restoration project set to begin in Flagler County

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — The $3.67 million Hurricane Dorian dunes restoration project in Flagler County is set to begin construction on Wednesday.

The project will restore 8,350 linear feet of Atlantic shoreline from south MalaCompra Park to north Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.

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The restoration will use roughly 49,500 cubic yards of beach-compatible material from approved upland sand mines and hauled by truck to the new locations.

We are very excited to get this project underway,” said County Engineer Faith Alkhatib. “They are anticipating completing this project this Spring ahead of turtle nesting season (April 15), but the daily surveys can be completed as needed should construction go beyond the current schedule.”

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According to a news release, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is covering 75% of the $3.67 million project funding and the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are covering the 25% local match.

“Planting dune vegetation - 60,500 plantings - will be installed along the renourished dune,” Alkhatib added. “All the work being done, of course, is properly permitted and in compliance with Environmental Protection.”

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Work will take place Monday through Friday from dawn to dusk and will begin at the southern point of the project working north.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is covering 75% of the $3.67 million project funding and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) are covering the 25% local match.

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“We know there will be some inconvenience associated with this project, so please be patient,” Alkhatib said. “We have been waiting a long time to get this project underway and we are glad this day is here.”

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