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FL - Flagler Beach Dune Project Deadline Extended Until April 15

Flagler Beach residents still unsure of government project

FLAGLER BEACH — While a few residents continue to hold out, the $25 million Flagler Beach dune restoration project deadline has been extended again, until April. Flagler Beach officials held a meeting Thursday to update the public on the status of the federally funded dune project.

“I know that residents on the beachside are very upset with owners who are stalling the project,” said Al Hadeed, Flagler County Attorney, during the meeting on Thursday.

Hadeed said the project was originally scheduled to take place during the off season.

“When we started, I told you we'd be underway right about now and done by December," Hadeed said at the meeting. "We’d be done before the winter season so that we could have the advantage of being able to do the project during a time when our tourism would be least affected."

The new deadline is set for early next year.

“We met with them about two weeks ago to discuss how long they need to go through the legal process to get those remaining easements,” said Jason Harrah, senior project manager with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville. “They asked us to allow them until April 15 of 2021 to complete the legal process. So that’s what we're gonna do.”

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