Beach Erosion is our Number 1 concern at the HBCA.  Without sand & the beach, Hollywood Beach will loose its vital economic engine and the residents of the Barrier Island will be negatively affected.

The HBCA monitors all Beach Erosion issues.  See below Renourishment update.

Please see below an update on Beach Renoursiment  for our area, provided by Lorie Mertens-Black, Director of Parking & Intergovernmental Affairs.

Beach Renourishment Update

July 2013

 On June 25, 2013, the County held a kick off meeting with the Cities of Hollywood, Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach as well as representatives from John U.Lloyd (JUL) State Park to discuss planning for a Segment III (**) Beach Management Plan. Chris Creed of Olsen Associates (the County’s consultant) provided an overview of past beach management practices and projects and possible strategy for future renourishments. Eric Myers, Natural Resources Administrator, discussed the options for cost sharing and the role of the cities and state park in the planning and implementation process.

An update on the sand by-pass project was provided as well. The county is in the process of redesigning the project to allow for a shallower, wider pit into which sand will accumulate. Once the pit is constructed, the sand is anticipated to be dredged every three years and placed on the south side of the inlet on the beaches at John U. Lloyd. By transferring the sand, 90-100% of the park’s annual sand loss should be mitigated; 40% – 60% of Segment III’s loss eventually will be mitigated. They hope to begin construction of the by-pass project by 2015 with the sand first being harvested in 2018. South Hollywood would not see a benefit until approximately 10 years later as the sand slowly and naturally makes it way south.

Future beach management plans consider:

  • A desire to maintain consistent beach conditions along all of Broward County’s coast line, approximately a 75-foot-wide dry beach.
  • More frequent, yet smaller renourishments in persistent problem areas.
  • Protection of nearshore hard bottom resources
  • Reduced availability of sand resources
  • Increased cost sharing by local government with reduced federal assistance
  • Functional sand by-pass project

The County will take the lead in obtaining a multi-year, multi-project permit. Cities will be expected to share in costs based, most likely, on volume needed per city per renourishment. Currently $4 – $5 million in bed taxes is directed to beach management programs.

The County is in the final permitting process for Segment II (Pompano Beach – Lauderdale-by-the-Sea – Fort Lauderdale) and is scheduling a meeting with coastal cities to discuss how cost sharing will function. I expect they will want to establish a formula and use it for the Segment II project, and then for any future projects.

For more information, please contact Lorie Mertens-Black, Director of Parking & Intergovernmental Affairs at 954-921-3599.



Trigger for nourishment in Segment III is controlled by local conditions at: • John U. Lloyd,• Northern Hollywood• Southern Hollywood and Hallandale