Upham Beach Stabilization Project 2017 - 2018
Construction will occur along Upham Beach at the north end of St. Pete Beach.
The Upham Beach Stabilization Project will remove the existing yellow geotextile sand bags and, in their place, construct 4 permanent rock T-Groins. After the 4 rock T-Groins are in place, the current plan calls for the beach to be filled by the Army Corp of Engineers with approximately 150,000 yd3 of sand.
This project will be paid for by the County, with Tourist Development Tax funds dedicated to beach nourishment, and the State. The State will pay for 50% of the Upham Beach Stabilization Project and follow up beach nourishment, up to a maximum of $5.7 million.
On December 13, 2016, the County awarded the construction of the Upham Stabilization project to WEEKS MARINE, INC. The contractor began with Rock Groin (RG) 3 first due to a turtle nest that was in close proximity to RG4. They began excavating and placing marine mattresses and armor stone on August 17, 2017.
On September 5, 2017, the Contractor secured their equipment and demobilized from the site due to Hurricane IRMA. After Irma passed, they returned to the site and were operational again on September 19, 2017.
On September 23, 2017, with the head of RG3 finished, they began excavating and placing marine mattresses and armor stone for the head of RG4. The contractor continued to work on RG4 and finished it on October 18, 2017.
On October 21, 2017, the contractor returned to RG3 and finished it on November 2, 2017.
On November 6, 2017, the contractor began stockpiling rock for RG2 at the north project area. Over the next week, the south project area was sieved and the fence taken down.
As of December 4, 2017, two of the four rock groin structures on Upham Beach have been constructed! Due to expected rough winter weather and the holidays, the contractor has stopped work temporarily and has demobilized their equipment from Upham Beach.
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