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FL - Council Ready to Buy Additional Sand to Beef up Beach Renourishment - Hears Report on “Essentially Useless” Adaptive Traffic Signals

The Key Biscayne Village Council on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the beach through a nourishment project expected to begin in March.

In fact, the council is looking to add an additional 8,000 cubic yards to the project, which would add six feet of berm.

The catch? The change could cost the village an estimated $414,000 from its own pocket.

The original $1.8 million project, for the placement of 32,200 cubic yards of sand, is fully funded through grants from FEMA and Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Even though the village would pay for the additional sand, Village Councilman Frank Caplan said it is worth it in the long run, considering how difficult it is to obtain permits.

“The more (beach) width you have, the more protection you have,’’ said Roland Samimy, the village’s Resiliency Officer.

A healthy beach and dune system provides the critical first line of defense for oceanfront condominiums and a key component of the village's shoreline protection strategy, according to a press release put out before the meeting.

As such, the system must be regularly augmented to offset the effects of erosion, (and) nourishment projects are needed every 4-6 years -- depending on how many storms impact the island’s coastline, the release said.

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