Palm Coast Observer

Flagler County dune restoration project enters final phase

A $20-million-plus effort to restore protective berms along Flagler County’s coastline, one of the longest and most multifaceted projects in the county’s history, entered its home stretch this month.

Work crews have mounted a steady march south along the shoreline for the past year, dumping more than 750,000 tons of sand to patch up Flagler’s battered dune line, which was devastated by hurricanes Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

On Jan. 10, those crews finished crafting dunes in Beverly Beach — the project’s southern end. Varn Park, a popular beach access point that was shut down for equipment staging in November, has been reopened.

Now comes the tricky part. Crews backtracked to the county’s northern border to refortify sand along the 1.6-mile stretch of oceanfront between the River-To-Sea Preserve and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. That section includes a treacherous mile-long segment near the Matanzas Shores subdivision — about a mile north of Washington Oaks Gardens — where huge coquina boulders embedded in the sand protrude from the surf.

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