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Miami-Dade needs new sources of sand; U.S. Army Corp hosts meetings on solutions

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a series of meetings to gather public input on the Miami-Dade Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project – Alternative Sand Source Investigation.

Miami-Dade is currently running out of offshore sand, the Corps said. Studies have been underway to identify alternative sand sources.

Among the solutions being considered: importing foreign sand, upland sources, sand from deeper offshore waters or from state and federal waters in southeast Florida.

Five meetings will be held throughout South Florida starting Monday through Aug. 16.

Each meeting will begin with a presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a poster session and comment period from the public.

• Aug. 12 –Miami Beach Commission Chambers, 3rd floor, 1700 Convention Center Dr.

• Aug. 13 – Palm Beach Council Chambers, 360 South County Rd.

• Aug. 14 – Indian State River College, Wolfe Center Room, 2400 SE Salerno Rd. in Stuart

• Aug. 15 – Ft. Lauderdale Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Ave.

• Aug. 16 – St. Lucie Co. Commission Chambers, Roger Poitras Administration Annex,

2300 Virginia Ave., Fort. Pierce

A copy of the Southeast Florida Sediment Assessment and Needs Determination (SAND) Study can be found at:

http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/ShoreProtection.aspx.

Comments on the study may be submitted to Terri Jordan-Sellers at Terri.Jordan-Sellers@usace.army.mil or 904-232-1817.

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