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Indian River County beach renourishment part of $3 million Sebastian Inlet dredging project

Preliminary work has begun on a project to dredge about 150,000 cubic yards of sand out of the Sebastian Inlet and spread most of it on Indian River County beaches.

Ferreira Construction of Stuart, which won the bid for the Sebastian Inlet District's $2.9 million project, will put an 18-foot dredge on the west end of the inlet and a booster dredge near the south side of the State Road A1A bridge.

Pipes will send about 120,000 cubic yards of sand — enough to fill 8,000 to 12,000 average-size dump trucks — to about 1.5 miles of beaches from the McLarty Treasure Museum and south past the Ampersand Beach access.

Another 30,000 cubic yards — that's 2,000 to 3,000 dump trucks — will be stockpiled for emergency beach fill and dune repair. Gopher tortoises were removed recently from the fenced six-acre storage site on the north side of the inlet in Sebastian Inlet State Park.

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