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Reach 7

Sloan’s Curve to The Ambassador Hotel
FDEP Range Monument R-116+500 TO T-125(8,725 feet)

FDEP Designation
Critically Eroded

Current Action
  • Partial Beach Nourishment and Dune Restoration scheduled for winter 2014/2015 (with bid solicitation expected in April 2014); to be constructed concurrently with the next Mid-Town Beach Nourishment.
  • Beach Nourishment planned for winter 2015/2016.      

2015 Townwide Physical Monitoring Report, January 2016

Reach 7: (R-116+500 to R-128+500)

Reach 7 encompasses the boundaries of the Phipps Nourishment Project which was initially constructed in 2006 and was partially renourished in early 2011 and again earlier this year. Over the most recent monitoring period, the Reach 7 shoreline has experienced a net advancement of 1.6 feet. Loses are observed between R-123 and R-124 and from R-127 to R-128.

Over this monitoring period Reach 7 has gained a net volume of 81,471 cubic yards. Much of this gain is attributable to the direct placement of 68,832 cy as a dune feature from R-116.5 to R-120.2. This construction occurred in conjunction with the Mid-Town construction over this monitoring period and involved the truck haul placement of sand excavated from the Mid-Town beach prior to the placement of dredged material. Gains occurred throughout the reach with losses only observed from R-126 to the southern end of the reach, R-128+500.

Since 1990, Reach 7 has exhibited a net average recession of -4.4 feet. Losses have been most prominent within the northern and central portions of the reach. The reach has exhibited a net volumetric gain of 528,806 cubic yards since 1990. Gains have occurred throughout the reach though there is an increasing trend in gain from north to south. This net gain is a residual effect of the initial Phipps Nourishment Placement which occurred in 2006. A major renourishment of this reach will occur this year and will involve the placement of approximately 1 million cubic yards of sand from an offshore sand source.

FDEP Strategic Beach Management Plan, June 2015 Update

Maintain the Town's restored projects through monitoring and nourishment using sand from offshore sources and upland sources; construct a feeder beach to reestablish littoral transport for Reach 2; and construct restoration projects in environmentally suited areas of Reach 5 and Reach 8. Comply with the Palm Beach Island Beach Management Agreement (BMA), 2013

Comprehensive Coastal Management Plan, 1998 Update

Beach fill project and the construction of a groin field.

Reach 7 Related Shore Protection Board Recommended Actions, November 2009

FEMA Dune/Beach Sand
To be conducted simultaneously with the FEMA project in Reach 4, the Phipps Ocean Park engineered beach project area, extending north to the Sloan's Curve area, will receive sand appreciable to the losses attributed from Tropical Storm Fay.