Norriego Point Stabilization
Status: Under Construction
Estimated Completion: Stabilization complete spring 2018; Recreation complete spring 2019
Groundbreaking: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017
Status Update 11.6.17
"No Wake Zone" and "Construction Area" signs are being installed around the property. Boaters and beach goers are asked to stay out of the construction areas during the project.
The idea for stabilizing Norriego Point began in 1999 with the development of the Inlet Management Plan and has been supported by numerous city councils, mayors, committees, harbor businesses, the chamber of commerce and community organizations. In 2012, the city’s hope for the stabilization project was made a reality by a partnership with FDEP. Together, the city and FDEP secured the necessary funds through the Beach Management Funding Assistance program and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) restoration process which evaluates and restores natural resources and the services they provide impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The overall project includes three components: shoreline stabilization, beach and dune restoration, and recreation improvements. Stabilization will begin this October and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018. This includes re-establishing Norriego Point to its post-Army Corps of Engineers dredging condition (1999), adding approximately five acres of upland sand to the point by dredging the East Pass Channel, armoring the point with sheet piling and large armor stone, rehabilitating T-groins and existing embayments, and adding one additional embayment. Dune restoration is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018, and the recreation improvements completed in the spring of 2019. Recreation improvements will include the addition of paved parking, public restrooms, an ADA shelter, a boardwalk around the point with three dune walkovers and a bird habitat.
The current cost for design, permitting and construction for the stabilization component of the Norriego Point project is $10,458,310. The design contract for the recreation phase of the project are expected to be released in the fall of 2017 and the construction contract released in the fall of 2018. The budget for dune vegetation is $50,000, and the budget for the passive recreational enhancements is $2,250,000.