Vilano Beach 50-year Army Corps Beach Project

SPVVB Dune Restoration map and USCAE AOI Graphic with CSRM Emphasis
Beach Restoration Map
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Beach Restoration Easement Open House – Wednesday, Sept. 4, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) Auditorium.

Project Details

  • The project extends from Ocean Villas at Serenata Beach south to San Pelayo Court.
  • Fifty year project.
  • Renourishment every 12 years.
  • Rebuilding dunes to 2015 conditions.
  • Constructing a 60 foot berm extension from 2015 location.
  • Sand will come from the inlet.

Funding Details

  • Combination of USACE, State, County Tourist Development Tax, and MSTU funds.
  • The USACE will pay a portion of the project based on public parking and beach access.
  • State Hurricane Matthew recovery funds.
  • MSTU at 0.5 Mils for the life of the project.

Current Stage

  • County Real Estate staff will be seeking Perpetual Construction Easements in the near future.
  • Finalizing permit for an offshore sand source.
  • Finalizing permit for sand placement onto the beach.
  • Surveying the Mean High Water Line to Develop the Erosion Control Line.


This project consists of extending the width of the beach and restoring the dune to pre-Hurricane Matthew conditions. Periodic re-nourishments are scheduled to occur approximately every 12 years as needed.

The USACE will pay a portion of the project based on public parking and beach access. Additional funding is available from the State in the form of Florida Department of Environmental Protection grants and Hurricane Matthew recovery funds. A new Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) will levy 0.5 mils (five-hundredths of one percent) on the taxable value of the properties within the MSTU for the life of the project to help fund the project.

An Erosion Control Line (ECL) must be established to legally document and fix the boundary between upland property ownership and submerged lands of the state prior to the construction of the beach projects. The current property line is the Mean High Water Line (MHWL). Mean High Water is an established elevation and the MHWL moves with the changes in the contour of the beach. The establishment of an ECL will not take any property from upland owners, but it will prevent future movement of the property line seaward of the ECL. Property seaward of the ECL will be public beach and upland owner’s access will not be impaired. The ECL process will involve producing maps of the proposed ECL and review by the State’s surveyors, followed by preparations for a required workshop and hearing for the upland property owners. Notices will be mailed to all affected property owners and the meetings will be advertised. The Dune Restoration project and the USACE project will have separate ECLs, with MHWL surveys completed on different dates. See the link below for more information regarding ECLs.

County Real Estate staff will be seeking Perpetual Construction Easements from property owners in the MSTU area in the near future. A land surveying company will be working on the beach to map the current Mean High Water Line (MHWL) in preparation for the establishment of an Erosion Control Line (ECL) in coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and should not interfere with access to or use of the beach.

For more information regarding updated schedule and information, please see the USACE St. Johns Shore Protection Webpage.

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