2020 South Hutchinson Island Renourishment Project

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Overview 

Project area map for interpretation call 772-462-1269

The South Hutchinson Island Federal Beach Project would commit federal oversight of a 3.3-mile stretch of beach at the southern end of St. Lucie County for 50 years. The project is complex and costly, but ultimately would benefit South County residents in particular, as well as residents throughout St. Lucie County, for years to come.

The County/Erosion District has secured grants and found ways to substantially cut non-federal costs, but a portion of the expense must be borne by private property owners on South Hutchinson Island who will enjoy the primary project benefits. This website includes the history/timeline and costs of the project, ways to reduce costs even further through the addition of public easements, important documents and estimated “worst and best case scenarios” for residents in the South Hutchinson Island project area for potential impacts of the Special Taxing District that has been established. 

Total estimated cost: $114.8 million (50 years)

Initial estimated project cost: $22.8 million (first of three scheduled nourishments)

Estimated sand volume (initial project): 422,000 cubic yards

Earliest start date: November 2021

Funding sources: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), state of Florida, St. Lucie County/Erosion District, South Hutchinson Island property owners (MSTU)