LONG RANGE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF THE DELRAY BEACH NOURISHMENT PROGRAM

Kim E. Beachler, Douglas W. Mann

Abstract


The success of beach nourishment projects is often questioned due to the observed losses of sand from the fill area and what appears to be a loss of benefits. Observations made by the authors indicate that there have been noticeable advances in the shoreline both to the north and the south of the Delray Beach, Florida beach nourishment project. The purpose of this evaluation is to show that much of the sand which moves out of the project can actually be accounted for and benefits the neighboring beaches. The City of Delray Beach is located on the southeast coast of Florida approximately 80 kilometers north ofMiami (Figure 1). A portion of the City encompasses about 4.8 km of the barrier island. The nourishment project is maintained over a distance of 4.3 km.

Keywords


beach nourishment; Delray Beach; nourishment effects

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