Update(s) About the 2016 Navarre Beach Renourishment Project

2016 Navarre Beach Renourishment Project and the 2006 Navarre Beach Restoration Project. And updates/issues about beach storm surge sand erosion, dune vegetation, sea turtle/shorebird nesting and other.
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Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:12 pm

Baby_Turtle11 wrote:So when exactly is this starting because I have heard that it is going to be occurring during the nesting season of sea turtles. I have been working my butt off for the past couple of years trying to give these little guys the best chance to survive considering that their odds of survival are only 1 in 1000.So what is going to be done with them?
I can understand your being concerned about the Beach Renourishment Project where the first stage began yesterday and will continue for about 2 months. I am certified as a Florida Master Naturalist for Coastal Systems that includes Sea Turtle nesting on the Emerald Coast. Our annual Sea Turtle nesting season for the Navarre Beach Area begins on May 1 and ends October 31. I have the following to say about your comments:

1. I appreciate your efforts in working your butt off to give the Sea Turtles the best chance to survive. We need all the volunteers we can assemble.

2. Your implying that the Sea Turtles chance to survive considering that the odds of survival are only 1 in 1000 is not exactly accurate. What reliable marine source did you use in making this determination? Yes, there could be some Sea Turtle nesting disruptions and some losses during the 2 month Renourishment Project.

3. The Renourishment Project will be dredging new sand from (2) two dredge ships about 4 miles out in the Gulf and deliver it to the large pipes submerged just off the beach, and pump the sand onto the beach where pipes will be placed parrelly with the beach that pumps sand where it is needed. Then bull-dozers will distribute the sand up to the existing Berm (Sand Dune) and out into the Gulf whereby creating a much wider beach. The (2) dredges will operate simultaneously 24 hours per day. While one dredge is depositing sand from its hopper onshore the other dredge will be filling its hopper of sand 4 miles offshore. The Project is supposed to complete its sand distribution at about 500 feet per 24 hours. Based upon this the Sea Turtles nesting might only be affected for a 24 hour period. This is dependent upon their not being too many storms like we endured last week.

4. The Project’s first pipes for pumping sand onto the beach was put into place on April 20 in the vicinity of the west tower of the Beach Colony condo, which is about a ½ mile west of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Once the 2 dredges arrive in about 10 days (estimate) or more the actual sand distribution will move eastward towards the Pier and continue eastward until the Project ends at the eastern boundary of the Navarre Beach Marine Park. Then the Project will start back at the west tower Beach Colony condo and move westward until the Project is completed at the end of the Navarre Beach western boundary, which is the entrance to the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

5. Any Sea Turtle nests discovered prior to the arrival of the pipes will be dug up and taken to the Gulf Islands National Seashore and buried by marine, or taken to a place where they can be observed by knowledgeable people, and once hatched returned safely to the surf.

6. A big plus for us is that Navarre Beach has our famous Turtle Ladies that at every sunrise ride 4 wheelers covering the entire beach looking for evidence of where a Sea Turtle deposited her eggs in the sand during the night. These fantastic Turtle Ladies will be instrumental in marking nesting areas so that prompt attention can be implemented if necessary. I just talked on the phone with one of our main Turtle Ladies and she said that they are prepared to help in any way they can to help protect the Sea Turtles during this Project.

7. The Renourishment plans were to start the Project in February and be completed by May, however there were many delays in the (2) dredges completing their dredging on a beach in the Sarasota, FL area and the other one at a beach in I believe New Jersey. The contractor is Weeks Marine and because of all the terrible storms since last December the dredges have to stop work during high seas and go to a safe port to dock. Pensacola Beach is real upset right now because they have contracted with Weeks Marine’s same (2) dredges once Navarre Beach’s Project is completed, and until Navarre Beach completes its Project Pensacola Beach has to wait the delay process.

8. There are certainly pros and cons to the Project starting soon. Before Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005 Navarre Beach was virtually destroyed including its sand dunes. The Sea Turtle nesting count for Navarre Beach over the past decade has been much greater after Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Dennis. Last year was our best Sea Turtle Nesting ever! The higher slope of sand caused by the 2006 Navarre Beach Restoration Project provides for safer nesting not only for Sea Turtles, but for our nesting shorebirds as well.

9. The thought in the community weeks ago was to discontinue the Project now and start the Project again in November. There are (2) problems with this. 1) We might not be able to obtain the services with Weeks Marine then. 2) And most importantly we would lose the federal and state funding whereby it might be years before another schedule and funding could be put in place.

10. We do not have a perfect situation with this Project. It is what it is.
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Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:40 pm

Kenny, the map with the estimated timeline makes it look like the two dredges both feed the same pipe taking turns rather than feeding separate pipes simultaneously as the timeline is spread from the east end to the west. Were you told that both pipes would be used simultaneously?
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Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:12 am

Curdoglsu wrote:Kenny, the map with the estimated timeline makes it look like the two dredges both feed the same pipe taking turns rather than feeding separate pipes simultaneously as the timeline is spread from the east end to the west. Were you told that both pipes would be used simultaneously?
Curdoglsu, I had a lengthy phone call this morning with Jimmy Sellers the lead engineer consultant with Coastal Tech that confirmed that the (2) two dredges will deliver sand at one location at a time. I have edited my post above that I authored yesterday. I think the confusion came from the fact that the 2006 Navarre Beach Restoration Project at times had (2) dredges delivering sand at two separate locations. About two weeks ago Jimmy told me that the Project would start at the very eastern boundary of the Navarre Beach Marine Park and move westward towards the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. When I noticed two days ago that the large pipes to distribute sand were located at the west tower of the Beach Colony condo, I assumed that pipes would also be located at the very eastern end of the beach. Well, I assumed wrong and I apologize for the confusion.

Checkout what I edited from yesterday's post where I also added new info in hopes that the Project is clear now to those that love Navarre Beach.
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Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:25 pm

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UPDATE ON R.N. WEEKS DREDGE ARRIVAL AT NAVARRE BEACH

The R.N. Weeks Dredge is still scheduled for arrival approximately by the end of April or the first week of May if there are no more weather delays.
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Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:41 pm

TODAY'S EMAIL FROM JIMMY SELLERS
Jimmy Sellers, MBA | Coastal Management Specialist
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From: Jimmy Sellers [mailto:jsellers@coastaltechcorp.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:16 AM
To: Kenny Wilder
Subject: Navarre Beach Construction Specifics

Hi Kenny-

I meant to send this to you Friday, but got sidetracked.

The Contractor will generally place sand from East to West along the beach; the Contractor will specifically place fill in the following sequence:

Segment 1 – starting at the landward end of Pipeline Corridor 1 (at Beach Colony) then moving from West to East to the eastern limits of Segment 1 and the eastern limits of fill;

Segment 2 - beginning at the landward end of Pipeline Corridor 1 then moving from East to West to the western limits of Segment 2;

Segment 3 – starting at the landward end of Pipeline Corridor 2 (near 7737 Gulf Blvd) then moving from West to East to the eastern limits of Segment 3; and

Segment 4 - beginning at the landward end of Pipeline Corridor 2 then moving from East to West to the western limits of Segment 4 and the western limits of fill.

The two dredges will work in an alternating sequence on the same pipeline. While one dredge is unloading fill at the shoreline, the other will be dredging material from the borrow area 4 miles away. They will then switch, providing a quick succession for unloading material onto the beach. As the material is pumped onto the beach, the Contractor will add “shore pipe” (40-foot lengths of pipe) to extend the pipe discharge point along the beach to fill each segment as described above.
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Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:14 am

UPDATE THIS MORNING FROM JIMMY SELLERS

Hi Kenny-
Right now we’re working with a window of 4/28-5/4, but it’s looking like we might hit the earlier part of the window and perhaps by the end of this week.
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Update from Jimmy Sellers

2016 Navarre Beach Renourishment Project: The dredge R.E Linholm Should Start Dredging Sand 4 miles Offshore of Navarre Beach Today by Mid-Day

The dredge B.E. Linholm arrived last night at a dock in Fort Walton Beach. The crew is now in the process of boarding the dredge B.E Linholm. Then the B.E. Linholm will be on its way to 4 miles offshore of Navarre Beach where sand will start pumping into the dredge’s hopper, and then move to about 2,000 feet from the beach. Then the dredge B.E Linholm will pump sand that will connect to the large pipes that will in turn pump sand onto the beach. At this point the bull-dozers will distribute the sand from the Berm (Dune) out to the surf. The thinking is that we may see the first new sand being distributed on Navarre Beach about 3:00 or 4:00 PM today. The Project will be working 24/7.

The dredge R.N. Weeks estimated arrival may be tomorrow where it will be working 24/7 with the dredge B.E. Linholm.
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:01 am

The Dredge is filling up the hopper at this time 4 miles offshore. The first load of sand is to arrive at the beach within an hour.
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:51 am

It has begun.....

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http://ssrnews.com/first-renourishment- ... ed-ashore/
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Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:34 am

First Day of Navarre Beach Renourishment

Below are a few photos that I shot yesterday. The first 3 photos were shot about 8:00 am and the last 2 photos were shot about 5 pm. I have about 170 photos that and I will post some more photos late this afternoon.
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MN.Marty wrote:Hey Pete, That would be wonderful. I would enjoy meeting you. For the first week of our two week vacation I will be with my wife, daughter and two young grandsons and plan to be on the beach every day in front of the Beach Colony, if we have access. If you make it just look for the three kids having a blast on the beach. I'll be the tall one. God Bless, Marty
Marty, looks like you are taking a "vacation" from forum. Hope you had a good trip down last weekend!
I did stop out about noon yesterday (Friday) to observe the start of re-nourishment (from the #4 public walkover, next to Caribbean Resort).
Looks like your Beach Colony is ground-zero for the action the last couple of days. Didn't really try to look for you. Didn't know were to look, as beach right in front of BC was closed.
Assume you had beach time on the un-renourished beach earlier in the week - and most boys like big bulldozers - so interesting entertainment for them - a least for a few minutes?
If you do see this - you and kids may enjoy some of the Navarre Fun Fest today in the public parking lot near the pier. I'll be out there most of the day - and at the Navarre Krewe of Jesters float in mid-afternoon. Don't forget fireworks about 9 PM!
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Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:32 am

Great pics Kenny! Looking forward to following the progress through your pictures!



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Sun May 01, 2016 9:13 am

As it appears Beach Colony West is ground zero, any idea how long the beach access there will be closed?
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RMBenge34 wrote:As it appears Beach Colony West is ground zero, any idea how long the beach access there will be closed?
Please READ the posts above. The Project should be moving east about 500 feet per Day. This being the 3rd day of the startup the Project should be passed the two towers of Beach Colony by tomorrow. I will go out to the beach this morning and check on the progress.
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Sun May 01, 2016 9:32 am

Kenny Wilder wrote:The Project should be moving east about 500 feet per Day.
East? Don't you mean west? Towards Pensacola? 8)
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