Monroe County’s Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach Park in Key West is undergoing about 570 feet of shoreline restoration expected to begin on Monday, Oct. 11. The project will renourish sand above and below the mean high water line, reestablish sea turtle nesting areas, and prevent future shoreline erosion. The project is expected to take 3 to 4 weeks.
Initial work will include installing turbidity barriers and blocking off the beach access area near the pier. Trucks carrying sand will be staged in the trolly parking area off White Street.
There are no full road closures expected from this project, but pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle travel along Atlantic Boulevard in the vicinity of the Reynolds Street intersection will be periodically interrupted so trucks can enter and exit the beach safely. Monroe County is also monitoring construction activities along Betha St. to avoid conflicts with any road closures or detours associated with that project.
The Monroe County Tourist Development Council provided funding for the engineering, environmental studies, permitting, and project construction. The State provided funding for the ongoing environmental monitoring to follow the restoration project.