St. Joseph Peninsula

Beach Renourishment and Environmental Enhancement Project

The 2008/2009 restoration project was constructed between R-69 (R-67 with taper) to R-105 (R-105.5 with taper) with approximately 3.6 million cubic yards of beach compatible sand obtained from an offshore borrow area(s). The 7.5 mile restoration project consisted of two segments: 1) the 5.9 mile County Beach Segment (R-74.8 to R-105.5); and, 2) the 1.6 mile State Park Beach Segment (R-74.8 to R-67) within the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Borrow Areas ā€œAā€ and ā€œCā€ were excavated to supply the project. The Proposed 2017/2018 renourishment project consists of two segments: 1) R-74.8 to R-85.5 (2.1 miles); and, 2) R-89.6 to R-105.5 (3.1 miles). The design is based on the volume losses measured between the end of construction in 2008/2009 and August 2014. This renourishment project will utilize a new borrow area, BA "F" located offshore of the northern portion of the peninsula.

Q: If I don't sign a construction easement, does that mean the Erosion Control Line will not go into effect for my property?

A: No. The implementation of the Erosion Control Line, or ECL, is completely independent of your construction easement. Public hearings on the ECL were held on May 22, 2007. The ECL was drawn where the existing Mean High Water Line was surveyed in November of 2006. There will be no updates to the location of the ECL.

Q: If I sign a construction easement, does it mean I am giving away some of my property to the County or the State?

A: No, you are not giving away property or property rights. You are simply signing a construction easement that will allow the temporary placement of the pipeline on your private property, will allow workers to step onto your private property during the construction process, and will allow the placement of a large amount of sand on your private property to reconstruct the dune line and berms.

Q: If I don't sign a construction easement, does that mean I don't have to pay the MSTU tax anymore?

A: The MSTU is a tax that will continue to be levied on your property's value whether you sign the construction easement or not.

Q: If I don't sign a construction easement, will that stop the beach project?

A: We do not require 100% return of the construction easements for the beach project to be constructed.

Q: If I don?t sign a construction easement, will they still put sand in front of my property?

A: Without permission to come onto your private property, the contractor will not be able to place sand landward of the Erosion Control Line, on your private property. The construction will, instead, "build around" your property seaward from the ECL. The beach will be the same width as your neighbors on either side, but you will not have the dune and berm in front of your property as they will if they have signed a construction easement.

Q: If my property is "built around" by the project, what will it look like?

A: It is impossible to say precisely what the appearance of your property will be if you elect not to sign a construction easement and sand is only placed from the ECL seaward. A photo of what one such property looked like after construction can be viewed below. Typically, however, you will have no berm or dune structure in front of your property. You will have an area that is much lower than the surrounding beach as a result. Sometimes these areas will fill with water for some period of time.

Missing Construction Easement | Lake Effect

Q: If my neighbor doesn't sign a construction easement, is there anything I can do about it?

A: It is your neighbor's legal right to choose not to sign a construction easement. Please be sure, however, they have seen the FAQs with regard to the construction easement and what it does and does not mean to them as a private property owner.

Q: Who can sign the Easement and do all the owners need to sign?

A: Only the legal owner of the property or Power of Attorney can sign the easement. If the property is jointly-owned, only one of the listed owners needs to execute the easement.

Q: What address do we use in the first paragraph of the Easement?

A: Your home or mailing address is sufficient.

Construction Easement Map

Shown below is a web map that allows you to see your property in relation to the Erosion Control Line (ECL) and the expected landward limits of the Construction Easement. Additionally, you may follow this link to view it in a larger format (*Link takes you to www.arcgis.com). Please note, greater detail is provided as you zoom in towards your property.

*Disclaimer: This map is a public resource of general information. MRD Associates, Inc or Gulf County makes no warranty, representation or guaranty as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the database information provided herein. The reader should not rely on the data provided herein for any reason. Map information is believed to be accurate but accuracy is not guaranteed, and the information contained within this map is NOT to be construed or used as a "legal description". In no event will MRD Associates, Inc. or Gulf County be held liable for any damages, including loss of data, lost profits, business interruption, loss of business information or other pecuniary loss that might arise from the use of this mapping service or the information it contains.

Construction Drawings For Bidding Only

Provided below are plan views of the contruction drawings to be utilized for bidding purposes only. The construction drawings provide details as to the proposed widths and profile shape along the proposed project.

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