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$18 million Port Canaveral beach project expected to finish by April

An $18 million project to restore sand to 3.5 miles of beaches, from Port Canaveral's Jetty Park to south of Cocoa Beach Pier, is on pace to finish by the end of April, Port Canaveral officials said.

The project must wrap up by April 30 — the last day before turtle nesting season begins and when most coastal projects must stop to avoid disturbing nesting of the protected species.  

Work began in early December on the largest of five beach renourishment projects in the Port Canaveral area since 1995.

The work puts temporary restrictions on public access to sections of beach within about 1,000 feet of the daily construction activity for about three to four days at a time.

The project pumps sand from the shoreline north of Port Canaveral along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to beaches south of the Canaveral Inlet, widening beaches from Jetty Park to 0.6 miles south of the Cocoa Beach Pier, just north of State Road 520.

The project is funded mostly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other funding for supplemental elements of the project — such as environmental monitoring — is provided by the Canaveral Port Authority and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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