2022 Gulf County FEMA Berms - St. Joseph Peninsula Segment
April 17, 2023 Construction Complete!: Construction has concluded and the last piece of machinery was removed from the beach on April 13, 2023. Vegetative plantings and all site restoration activities have completed. This concludes the completion of the 2022 Gulf County FEMA Berm Project - St. Joseph Penisnula Segment. Additionally, all segments of the 2022 Gulf County FEMA Berm Project have now been completed.
April 10, 2023 Project Update!: Construction is almost complete with over 95% of the project completed. Construction related activities are now focused on the remaining shoreline section extending 100 foot on either side of the Dunes Drive area. Construction related activites should be wrapped within a week, followed by the contractor demobilizing their equipment shortly thereafter. Native vegetation has also been planted on the northern and southern sections of the project where sand placement activites have concluded. Site restoration activities around the Dunes Drive area may occur beyond the mid-april date along with native vegetation plantings.
March 21, 2023 Project Update!: Construction continues to progress smoothly with construction on the northern end of the project complete up to R-83 (southern end of Shoreline Drive). Construction continues on the north side of the project and continues to make progress to the south towards Dunes Drive. The current location of the active work zone is located near R-83 or just south of Shoreline Drive. Roughly 5,900 feet has been constructed on the northern portion of the project between R-77 and R-83 (Sapodilla Circle to Shoreline Drive) and roughly 1,300 feet on the southern end (Rish Park northern boundary to R-84.1) The project is approximately 80% complete, and is still expected to be complete by mid-April, 2023. Native vegetation has also been planted on the northern section of the project where sand placement activites have concluded. Site restoration activities around the Dunes Drive area may occur beyond the mid-april date along with native vegetation plantings.
February 27, 2023 Project Update!: Construction continues to progress smoothly with construction on the northern end of the project complete up R-81.5 (Flamingo Drive). Construction has resumed on the north side of the project and continues to make progress to the south towards Dunes Drive. The current location of the active work zone is located near R-81.5 or just south of Flamingo Drive. Roughly 4,500 feet has been constructed on the northern portion of the project between R-77 and R-81.5 (Sapodilla Circle to Flamingo Drive) and roughly 1,100 feet on the southern end (Rish Park northern boundary to R-84.2) The project is approximately 55% complete, and is now expected to be complete by mid to end of April, 2023. Native vegetation has also been planted on the northern section of the project where sand placement activites have concluded.
February 13, 2023 Project Update!: Construction continues to progress smoothly with construction on the northern end of the project complete up R-81 (Bamba Way/Coneheads area). Due to recent equipment issues, the contractor has temporarily switched to the southern end of the project and continues to make progress to the north. The current location of the active work zone is located near R-84.5 or just north of Port Street. Roughly 3,800 feet has been constructed on the northern portion of the project between R-77 and R-81 (Sapodilla Circle to Bamba Way) and roughly 700 feet on the southern end (Rish Park northern boundary to R-84.5) The project is approximately 45% complete.
January 11, 2023 Project Update!: Construction continues to progress smoothly from the north end of the project heading south. The current location of the active work zone is located around the southern part of the Barrier Dunes Condos at roughly R-79. Roughly 2,100 feet has been constructed on the northern portion of the project between R-77 and R-79 (Sapodilla Circle to Sand Pine Drive.) The project is approximately 30% complete currently.
December 20, 2022 Project Update!: Construction has continued to progress smoothly from the north end of the project heading south. The current location of the active work zone is located around the Barrier Dunes Condos at roughly R-78. Roughly 750 feet of dune has been constructed on the southern portion of the project near Rish Park (R-85), and roughly 1,000 feet has been constructed on the northern portion of the project between R-77 and R-78 (Sapodilla Circle to Seacliff Drive.) Construction activities are expected to temporarily cease near the end of this week for the Christmas Holiday and will resume after the New Year.
December 2, 2022 Project Update!: North Florida Construction started construction a couple of days before the Thanksgiving Holiday. The contractor has additionally changed their construction methodology and is now constructing on both ends of the project. Sand placement activities are currently progressing from the northern boundary of Billy J Rish Park (~R-85) towards Dunes Drive. Additionally, they have placed sand near the northern project limits at R-77. Where the contractor places sand is being dictated by the number of trucks available to haul sand from the mine and is likely to fluctuate over the next couple of weeks.
Additionally, there has been some concern regarding the color of the sand being brought to the project site. We are acutely aware of the darker colored sand being brought to the beach which is a result of the sand being wet. Our team has been sampling and comparing it to the native beach as truck loads come to the beach. Additionally, our inspectors have been taking samples and drying them to bake off the moisture, and the dried samples are similar in color to the native beach. A picture taken from our inspectors comparing the dried sand to the native beach is provided below. There is little difference in color between the two once the trucked in sand has been dried. As more sand is brought in, we will continue to be vigilant and monitor the imported sand.
November 14, 2022 Schedule Update!: North Florida Construction is set to begin mobilizing to the Dunes Drive area this week to begin site work and construction of the sand transfer area. Sand hauling to the site is set to begin shortly there after and will continue throughout the duration of the project. We still anticipate the contractor to begin on the northern side of the project limits near R-77 and work their way south.
November 3, 2022 Project & Schedule Update!: The image below provides a depiction of where the project will start and the overall direction construction will proceed. The shoreline segment between the State Park Boundary and R-77 (Secluded Dunes Drive area) is not included in this project. Unfortunately, this section of shoreline did not meet the elegibility requirements imposed by FEMA to qualify for public assistance grant funding for the FEMA berm. Additionally, the contractor has indicated that they intend to start within the next two to three weeks as they begin mobilizng their equipment to the site.
October 21, 2022 Project & Schedule Update!: The contractor, North Florida Construction Inc., has provided us with an update regarding their proposed start up and commencement of the project. The contractor's current schedule, subject to change, has them beginning to stage and prepare the site around the first week of November. Additionally, they intend to start hauling and shaping sand on the north end of the project near R-77 (close to the southern boundary of the State Park/Barrier Dunes/Sea Cliff.) They will progress southward from there, back towards the beach access location. There will be a significant amount of truck traffic on the beach between the Dunes Drive Beach access and the northern portion of the project. Additionally, as a reminder to all property owners, please remove all existing sand fencing prior to the project starting up.
October 20, 2022 Project Update!: North Florida Construction has been awarded the contract to construct the Gulf County FEMA Berm - St. Joseph Peninsula segment project. Details as to where the contractor will begin construction on the Peninsula will be forthcoming shortly. The contractor has indicated that they intend to begin construction sometime in the beginning of this November after the conclusion of the Marine Turtle nesting season. Staging activities and sand transfer will occur at the Dunes Drive beach access throughout the duration of the project. Visitors to the beach access can expect disruptions during construction activities. The project is estimated at this point to take close to four months to complete.SAND FENCING GUIDANCE! Homeowners, please remove any Sand Fencing installed seaward of the dune as soon as possible so we can place sand and vegetation in front of your property! If you do not remove the sand fencing seaward of the existing dune, we can not place sand on your property. Sand fencing installed on or landward of the existing dunes will likely be okay and can remain. If you have questions or would like us to look at your specific property, please send us a message using the Contact Us form below. Construction is estimated to start this coming November, 2022.
August 26, 2022: Construction/bidding plans for review can be found at the link HERE. More details will be provided shortly. Please feel free to visit the FAQ's as they have been updated to reflect this particular project or reach out to us using the Contact form at the bottom of this site.
July 19, 2022: Gulf County is proud to announce that the FEMA Emergency Berm (Dune Enhancement) Project is now out for bid. The project consists of the construction of a dune project along the gulf front beaches of St. Joseph Peninsula, Gulf County, Florida, specifically between DEP Monuments R-77 and R-85.5 for approximately 8,750 linear feet (1.66 miles) of shoreline for a total template volume of 97,091 cubic yards (cy) of sand and 288,600 native dune plantings. The clean white beach compatible sand will be obtained from the Honeyville Sand Mine in Wewahitchka, Florida. Bidding documents and the advertisement for the bid can be found at the following link on Gulf County's Website (Search for Bid #2021-13) Gulf County Bids.
Permits for the St. Joseph Peninsula Project can be downloaded below.
History and Background
Hurricane Michael impacted Florida between October 7, 2018 and October 19, 2018, bringing strong winds, storm surge, and flooding. President Trump signed a disaster declaration (FEMA-4399-DR-FL) on October 11, 2018 authorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide federal assistance to the designated areas of Florida. This assistance is provided pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), and Public Law (PL) 93-288, as amended. Section 403 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Program to provide assistance essential to meeting immediate threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster. The coast of Gulf County was damaged via storm surge and erosion incurred during Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
Gulf County, Florida was designated as a County eligible to receive federal assistance. Gulf County has applied through the PA Program to receive funding to restore the eroded coastal dune system and install beach berms (dunes) in Gulf County. Two of the shoreline segments (St. Joe Beach and Indian Pass) are natural beaches and one (St. Joseph Peninsula) is an engineered beach previously authorized for nourishment and maintenance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
This project is located in Gulf County, Florida along the northern Gulf of Mexico Coast. The St. Joseph Peninsula segment, measures 9,100 linear feet, and is located along St. Joseph Peninsula, south of the T.H. Stone Memorial State Park, from the R-77 (29.7531, -85.4007) to R-85.5 (29.730, -85.393).
Frequently Asked Questions
Construction Drawings For the 2022 Gulf County Fema Berm/Dune Restoration Project - St. Joseph Peninsula Segment
Provided below are images of the plans that will be utilized for bidding. The plans provide details as to the proposed widths and profile shape along the proposed project. Please note the provided plans are not valid for construction without being signed and sealed and are being provided for review only.
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