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Crews work on the 2019 beach nourishment project. Patrick Dove / TCPalm

FL - Lack of property owner response could impact Indian River County beach renourishment projects

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Unresponsive property owners have the county concerned nearly $25 million in beach renourishment projects could be washed away.

This summer, the county had plannedto reconstruct sand dunes on almost 9 miles of shoreline which has sustained erosion and damage over the past four years from hurricanes Dorian, Irma and Matthew.

The larger of the two projects, 6.6 miles from Treasure Shores Beach Park south to Turtle Trail Beach Park, is expected to cost about $14.8 million. A 2-mile stretch from Sea Grove south to the Moorings is estimated to cost about $9.9 million.

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The county recently repaired 3.1 miles from north of the Seawatch Condominiums in Indian River Shores to the Riomar Golf Course in Vero Beach.

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The county needs permission from about 90% of the property owners in each section to place the sand on their beaches for it to be effective and cost-efficient, Public Works Director Rich Szpyrka told County Commissioners Tuesday. But almost 60% of parcel owners in the smaller section and about 43% in the larger one have not responded to multiple mailed requests, he said.

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