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FL - Vilano Beach Is Taller, Wider as Restoration Project Continues

The project to restore this part of Vilano Beach that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

VILANO BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been widening and restoring a three-mile stretch of Vilano Beach in St. Johns County.

In the last three months of the project, the landscape of the beach is vastly different. The project to restore this part of Vilano Beach that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew -- and is happening right in the back of The Reef Restaurant, 4100 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine.

"It’s been quite fascinating to watch. Oh it’s changed a lot," said manager Jeremy Ticehurst. "They’re working 24-7."

Last weekend, the beach behind the restaurant was still eroded. To get from the parking lot to the beach, patrons had to walk down a couple of flights of stairs.

But sand has been brought in to build up the beach at least 12-to- 14 feet higher than it was. The beach now covers those stairs and is almost level now with the restaurant.

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