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Florida's Costly Coastland: Replenishing sand for Jupiter and Juno beaches will run $31.7 million

The three project areas stretch from near the Jupiter Inlet south into Juno Beach. The first renourishment project will center on a strip of beach between Jupiter Beach Park and Carlin Park and is expected to start by year’s end.

— An estimated 1.8 million cubic yards of sand will be dumped on Jupiter-area beaches in a series of projects that could start next month.

Contractors from Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge and Dock will kick off the three projects when they begin late this year dredging offshore sand about a mile and a half northeast of the Jupiter Inlet and coating it onto Jupiter’s shoreline.

The projects will cost about $31.7 million, the vast majority supported by federal relief tied to damage sustained during Hurricane Irma in 2017, said Michael Stahl, deputy director of Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management.

Each project targets a distinct area between the Jupiter Inlet and the town of Juno Beach:

– Roughly 517,000 cubic yards of dredged sand will be placed between Jupiter Beach Park and Carlin Park this year.

– Some 5,000 cubic yards of mined sand will be used for dune restoration on about 1,200 feet of beach north of Jupiter Reef Club later this winter.

– An estimated 1.3 million cubic yards of dredged sand will be placed between southern Jupiter and Juno Beach starting in late 2020.

The county is building the latter two projects, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will run the northernmost project, Stahl said.

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