St. Augustine Beach Army Corps Beach Project


Project Delayed: The project has been delayed due to shorebird nesting activity in Anastasia State Park. The Pope Road parking and beach access will remain closed to the public. A revised project schedule is expected to be announced mid-May. For more information, please click here.

Closures: The Pope Road parking and beach access will be closed starting February 22, 2024 for public safety. Pope Road Parking Lot Closing Until Fall 2024 for Beach Renourishment Project Staging

$62 Million Awarded to St. Johns County for Emergency Beach Repairs – St. Johns County will receive up to $62 million in federal funding from the Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for emergency repairs on two beach projects. The projects include the St. Johns County Shore Protection Project in St. Augustine Beach and the St. Johns County South Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. The USACE anticipates the construction to start early 2024.

Project Details

The project consists of a 50-year federal commitment to design, construct and monitor beach restoration of the severely eroded beaches of Anastasia State Park and St. Augustine Beach. A federal project is authorized for the FDEP-designated critical erosion area between 4,000’ north of Pope Road in Anastasia State Park to Ocean Hammock Park. The USACE does not place sand on the whole authorized area each nourishment event.

Initial restoration of the USACE’s St. Johns County Shore Protection Project (SPP) was completed in Jan 2003. The project placed about 3.8 million cubic yards (MCY) of sand in the project area. The first and second nourishments in 2005 and 2012 placed about 2.8 and 2.1 MCY of sand. The third nourishment was completed in June 2018. This event placed about 750,000 cy of sand, dredged from the St. Augustine Inlet ebb shoal. The fourth nourishment will be federally funded through the USACE’s emergency storm repair program in 2023. For more information, please see the Army Corps website.


The project has been fully approved and funded using a combination of USACE, State, County Tourist Development “Bed Tax” funds.

The Beach Brief – An E-newsletter for Timely Updates on St. Johns County Beach Projects

St. Johns County remains dedicated to providing our residents, visitors, and businesses with timely and accurate information regarding current and upcoming St. Johns County beach projects. The monthly “Beach Brief” provides subscribers with an overview of beach renourishment, dune enhancement, and other major coastal projects.

St. Augustine Beach pier and coast aerial view