$18 million sand project to restore 3.5 miles of beach, from Jetty Park to Cocoa Beach Pier

Work began this week on the largest beach renourishment project in the Port Canaveral area of the five that have occurred since 1995.

The $18 million, federally funded project will restore sand to 3.5 miles of beaches, stretching from Port Canaveral's Jetty Park to south of Cocoa Beach Pier.

"That is a great addition to Jetty Park beach and the beaches in the northern part of Cocoa Beach," Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray told port commissioners this week.

"It's a huge project," Port Canaveral Environmental Director Bob Musser Jr. "It's the biggest project we've ever done" of this type.

The work, however, will result in 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.

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