Bathtub Beach Renourishment Projects
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 February 1, 2018
The 2018 Bathtub Beach/Sailfish Point beach nourishment project continues to move toward a February start. As a FEMA Storm Damage Recovery Project, crews will work to repair damages from Hurricane Irma in an ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of strong currents, heavy wind and big waves. As of February 1, the pipes that will transfer sand are being positioned to begin dredging. Sand placement will begin at Bathtub Beach and move to the south.
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 19, 2017
Martin County Coastal Engineering staff is conducting renourishment work and adding sand to strengthen and support the dunes so they can continue to safeguard residents, roadways and structures. Bathtub Reef Beach is closed until further notice and will not be guarded.
Once renourishment work is complete, the beach will reopen to the public with Martin County Ocean Rescue on duty for patrons and swimmers.
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.