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FL - Miami-Dade Allows Feds’ Dredging of Haulover Sandbar to Replenish Bal Harbour Beach

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The party at Haulover Sandbar will soon come to an end.

Miami-Dade County commissioners voted on Thursday to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to scoop out the sand to be used for beach erosion control and hurricane protection in Bal Harbour Beach.

“It’s devastating because people in Miami they love the sandbar,” Ben Maloul said. “I come here all of the time, so I hope they are going to cancel whatever they’re supposed to do.”

Engineers are pushing forward with the project. That was painful for Jose Vega who operates Shawarma at Haulover, a popular food boat that has been serving ceviche, pita wraps, falafel, and other healthy options to regulars at the sandbar for years.

“It’s going to shut my business down. People come to the Haulover Sandbar basically because there is sand, basically, you can hang out in the middle of the Intracoastal,” Vega said.

The Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment project includes placing more than 200,000 cubic yards of sand along the shoreline. About 100,000 cubic yards of sand will come from the Haulover Sandbar, also known as the Haulover Park Inlet and Marina Flood Shoal.

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