FL - Nine-Mile Pinellas Beach Renourishment Project Could Be in Jeopardy
240 signed easements still needed
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A project to renourish nine miles of Pinellas County’s beachfront coastline is at risk of being skipped unless 240 more property owners sign a required easement.
If the project is skipped by the Army Corp of Engineers, it could mean the Sand Key area in Pinellas County won’t get any new sand for years.
The $45 million project to widen the 9-mile stretch of sand between Clearwater and Redington Beach is supposed to take place in 2024. While some areas like Clearwater and North Redington Beach have signed off on the project, many homeowners in other areas like Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores and Redington Shores have not.
The Army Corp of Engineers has said if they don’t get 100% of the easements, the entire project could be at risk of being skipped until 2030, which is the next renourishment cycle.
Here’s how the easement requirements break down, according to the latest data from Pinellas County’s Coastal Management Team:
- Clearwater: 0 needed (10 signed)
- Belleair Beach: 0 needed (11 signed)
- Indian Rocks Beach: 106 needed out of 180 total (74 already signed)