While Ponte Vedra Beach has reached a critical point in its health due to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma and continued pounding of nor’easters, Save Ponte Vedra Beach Association recently commissioned Coastal Engineering Firm Olsen Associates to develop a plan that provides a solution:
- We must replace the sand that we’ve lost and widen the beach. We likely can afford to restore the beach to 1980s conditions. This would involve widening the beach by about 80 feet and adding back 2.5 million cubic yards of sand.
- A wider beach and a restored vegetated dune system will armor Ponte Vedra well for the next possible hurricane and all of the nor’easters.
Funding is Available
This project is realistic and achievable – and it can be funded through a variety of proposed sources:
- Local Sources: Bed tax – St Johns County Commissioners have proposed raising the bed tax and deploying it toward the beach. A homeowner assessment would cover the balance.
- State Sources: We are eligible for a match of our locally raised funds. The Save Ponte Vedra Beach Association has hired a top lobbyist to assist in this area.
- Federal: We may be eligible for funds within the $90 billion Federal Disaster Recovery Funds just approved in Congress for Irma, Maria, Harvey and the California wildfires.
- Olsen Associates present preliminary findings and recommendations for Ponte Vedra Beach North Beach and Dune Restoration at a community meeting Feb. 11, 2018. Erik Olsen, P.E., and Kevin Bodge, PhD, P.E., presented their recommendations.
- Hundreds of property owners in Ponte Vedra Beach participated in an online, non-binding poll in November 2017. The results?
- Save Ponte Vedra Beach Inc., our own 501c3 non-profit association, was established in October 2017.
- Meeting of the Municipal Services District Oct 18, 2017 at the Ponte Vedra Library. Our voice was heard and we proceeded.
- Community meeting on Oct. 14, 2017 to build consensus and communicate our plan for restoring the beach. More than 100 homeowners and interested parties participated at the meeting and it was clear that everyone wants a plan in place to restore our beach.