Martin County Coastal Resources

  • Natural Reef
  • A artificial reef deployment at the South County Site
  • An aerial above the St. Lucie Inlet
  • An aerial above Bathtub Reef Beach
  • An aerial above the coastline for shoreline protection
  • A ray under water

The Martin County Coastal Engineering Division’s mission is to maintain inlet navigation, provide shoreline storm protection and maintain the County's coastal and estuarine habitat.

This is accomplished by developing and managing projects through reef enhancement and protection, beach management, inlet management and waterway maintenance programs along Martin County’s 22 miles of Atlantic coastline including Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach, Sailfish Point, St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and the Town of Jupiter Island (Hobe Sound Beach).

  • An artificial reef with fish and corals

Innovative and progressive in their approach to coastal management, staff carries out quality projects that serve resident and visiting marine interests and also play a vital role in support of fish and coral populations and in overall water quality improvement These projects include:

  • Shoreline nourishment and maintenance projects for the northern four miles of Atlantic coastal beach in Martin County and a segment of beach that fronts Bathtub Beach Park and extends south toward the St. Lucie Inlet;
  • Deployment and redistribution of natural materials at permitted offshore or river sites and monitoring overall reef health;
  • Maintaining navigable channels and public waterways including maintenance dredging with sand-bypassing to beaches north and south of the inlet, and;
  • Improvements to the jetties, breakwater, sand impoundment basin and interior shoal to maintain the navigation channel.

[Video shot by diver Jennifer Mayfield Jennings in the Ernst permitted area off shore from Stuart, Florida.] 

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