Beach restoration stretched over more than 9 miles of coastline from the St. Johns-Duval county line south to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. | St. Johns CountyBeach restoration stretched over more than 9 miles of coastline from the St. Johns-Duval county line south to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. | St. Johns County
Beach restoration stretched over more than 9 miles of coastline from the St. Johns-Duval county line south to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. | St. Johns County

St. Johns County finishes beach restoration early

Published on July 8, 2024 at 3:04 pm

A project to renourish 9 miles of beach in St. Johns County is finished, and the county says crews were able to get things done earlier than expected. 

Beginning in March, crews dredged sand from offshore and used it to bolster sand dunes that have been eroded by storms. Doing so means the shores will be more protected against future storms, people will have more room to enjoy the beach and wildlife have more space to make their habitats. 

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The project was originally expected to finish in August.

St. Johns County received $30 million from the state to put toward the roughly $40 million project. 

The project stretches from the Duval County line through popular spots like Mickler’s Landing and Ponte Vedra Beach. It finishes at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.


author image Reporter email Noah Hertz is a Jacksonville Today reporter focusing on St. Johns County. From Central Florida, Noah got his start as an intern at WFSU, Tallahassee’s public radio station, and as a reporter at The Wakulla News. He went on to work for three years as a general assignment reporter and editor for The West Volusia Beacon in his hometown, DeLand.

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