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Cameron County Parks & Recreation

TX - Isla Blanca beach renourishment completed – Port Isabel-South Padre Press

The sands of time were on Cameron County’s side this past week, after finishing a beach renourishment project at Isla Blanca Park in around a week.

The sands of time were on Cameron County’s side this past week, after finishing a beach renourishment project at Isla Blanca Park in around a week.

Starting last Monday, June 21, 90,000 cubic yards of sand have been laid along the shoreline of Isla Blanca Park, starting near the pavilions and going south towards the Jetties, adding between 150 to 200 feet of sand to the beach. The project was finished on June 27.

“Sand is like gold to us,” Cameron County Parks & Recreation Director Joe Vega told the PRESS in his South Padre Island office. “Having a wider beach protects it from erosion, it protects our infrastructures from storms and the new public beach access amenities.”

The sand was pulled from the bottom of the Brownsville Ship Channel via a hopper dredger ship, transported through the Brazos Santiago pass and fed through another boat positioned several hundred yards away from the beach. The sand is funnelled through long pipes onto the beach, where it’s paved down with bulldozers.

The sand comes out dark but will get lighter as it’s exposed to sunlight, Vega said. Right now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inspecting the finished project.

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