Bathtub Beach Renourishment Project
Update April 13, 2018
As we move into the final phases of construction, great progress has been made on the renourishment project. Dredging operations are complete in the Sailfish Navigation Channel and all pipe has been removed from the waterways, giving a clear path for boaters to enjoy. Crews continue to dredge at the impoundment basin, pumping sand to the northern portions of Sailfish Point. Furthering shoreline resilience, dunes south of the pavilion are receiving additional sea oats.
Bathtub Beach remains closed while construction crews utilize the area to deconstruct pipes and equipment. Project managers ask the public to remain vigilant during the final phase of the renourishment project so crews can complete work safely and efficiently.
Update April 6, 2018
Dredge crews are wrapping up operations in the Sailfish Navigation channel and are in the process of moving all of the pipeline out of the channel. Pipeline has been placed on the impoundment basin and along the coastline in preparation for dredging operations to resume on the beach moving north to south. Dune restoration has also begun on the north side of the gazebo at Bathtub Beach with crews planting sea oats. Project managers and scientists also continue turbidity and sea life monitoring to ensure the highest levels of environmental project standards.
Update March 26, 2018
With approximately 90,000 cubic yards of sand pumped from inlet Borrow Area A and the Sailfish Navigation channel, the Bathtub Beach/Sailfish Point renourishment project has passed the halfway mark. Currently, crews are located at the northwest side of the Sailfish Point Marina where they will finalize dredging in the navigation channel. Project managers anticipate dredging operations in the navigation channel to be completed within the next week. Bathtub Reef Beach and the parking lot remain an active construction site and therefore remain closed.
Update March 15, 2018
Construction crews resumed the renourishment project this week after dangerous conditions and safety concerns forced project managers to suspend operations. The project is operating 24/7 and all project partners are back in place working together to ensure that it is completed on time as well as having all environmental standards met. Bathtub Reef Beach remains closed while the renourishment project is underway.
Update March 9, 2018
Due to the hazardous conditions from the recent storms, the Bathtub Beach/Sailfish Point renourishment project was put on hold for safety concerns. Areas where renourishment was taking place held up very well during the rough conditions and high seas. Construction will resume within the next few days and crews will be working on the north end of Bathtub Beach. The pipes and heavy equipment will return to the site and the beach will once again become a construction area. The beach will remain closed until the project is complete.
Update March 2, 2018
Seas are expected reach heights of 11-12 ft. by Sunday night and decrease to 7 ft. by Thursday. Winds in excess of 15 mph are predicted to last through Monday. Beach and coastal water conditions should be considered very dangerous. The good news is that we have been able to get some sand on the beach to protect the Bathtub Beach parking lot, pavilion, the nearly complete bathrooms and MacArthur Boulevard.
Beaches are our best buffer against the hurricanes and Nor’east storms that attack our coastline.
Update February 22, 2018
Construction on the Bathtub Beach/Sailfish Point renourishment project continues to move forward according to schedule. Daily turbidity monitoring as well as around the clock turtle monitoring and construction are all keeping the project on time and safe. Testing and monitoring of the worm reef also shows that the reef is healthy and doing well during construction. Work being done at Bathtub Reef Beach may be completed within the next few weeks.
Update February 14, 2018
The 2018 Bathtub Beach/Sailfish Point beach nourishment project is currently underway. The dredgers began pumping the first week of February. To see a map of where the dredges and pipes currently are in the waterways, please select the "Project Status Map" button. Bathtub Beach will remain closed for the duration of this project, and boaters are urged to exercise caution in the inlet, especially near the sand bar.
Update January 10, 2018
Bathtub Beach will be closed from the north end of the beach south into Sailfish Point for a 2018 FEMA Storm Damage Recovery Project. From Jan. 10 - Feb. 28, a portion of the parking area at Stuart Causeway will be closed while pipes are fused and delivered to the jobsite.
The contractor will then dredge sand from the St. Lucie Inlet flood shoals and the Sailfish Point Navigational Channel, replacing the sand on Bathtub Beach to combat the impact of strong currents, heavy wind and waves, to stabilize the dunes and provide protection for upland structures. Project is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.
Update January 3, 2018
Martin County is continuing efforts to strengthen and reinforce the dunes, safeguarding against a breach and ultimately protecting MacArthur Blvd. While nearly all beaches are naturally prone to gradual erosion, Bathtub Beach continues to experience high tides, strong winds and heavy surf conditions, causing a significant change in the shoreline and reducing protection for nearby infrastructure.
For the safety of residents, Bathtub Beach remains closed. While closed, the beach is not safe for recreational use and will not be guarded.
Update November 8, 2017
Nourishment projects are a normal part of conservation and coastal management. In continued efforts to reinforce a small area of Bathtub Beach, rehabilitation work will continue on the north end of the beach Wednesday, November 8.
During this construction, Bathtub Beach will be closed while crews transport and place sand from local mines on the beach. While closed, Bathtub Beach will not be guarded.
Update October 27, 2017
With the work to rehabilitate the north end of Bathtub Beach complete, Martin County is pleased to announce the beach has reopened as of Friday, Oct. 27.
Martin County Ocean Rescue will be on duty between the hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and reminds beach patrons and swimmers to swim near the guarded area for safety. The public is advised the north exit and exit road of the parking lot will remain closed until further notice as the space will be used as a temporary staging area for sand.
Update October 9, 2017
Erosion on the north end of Bathtub Beach has become severe and emergency renourishment is necessary. Work to rehabilitate 150 ft. of dune at the North end of Bathtub Beach will begin Monday, October 9 and continue through Wednesday, October 11.
Approximately 500 tons of sand will be hauled to reinforce the dune and ensure protection for MacArthur Blvd. The beach remains open but visitors are asked to stay a safe distance away from equipment.