2018 Dredging Project Underway:
The St. Lucie Inlet dredging project is currently underway as of May 2018. The Virginian, a 55' dredge, is positioned in the green side of the channel with scows on the south. The project is a partnership between the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Jacksonville District of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Part of the St. Lucie Inlet Maintenance Program, crews will move dredged, high quality sand to an offshore storage area where it will be available for future storm protection and restoration projects.
Designed as a means for keeping the St. Lucie Inlet predictably and permanently navigable at authorized depths, the project is beneficial for Martin County’s commercial, sport, and recreational boaters as well as the lifestyle of residents and our natural resources. The project will also help meet state requirements to address erosion impacts on beaches adjacent to the inlet.
During dredging operations, boaters are reminded to use caution while traveling the inlet. The dredge will operate 24 hours a day unless there are unforeseen delays such as weather or mechanical problems.
The project is 100% federally funded with Hurricane Matthew Supplemental Operations and Maintenance Funds and is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2018.