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Reach 8
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Program Details

Reach 8

The Ambassador Hotel to La Bonne Vie
FDEP Range Monument T-125 to T-134 (10,690 feet)

FDEP Designation
Critically Eroded

Current Action

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

• Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) underway (Draft EIS expected in April 2014; Final Draft expected November/December 2014).


2015 Townwide Physical Monitoring Report, dated January 2016

Reach 8: (R-128+500 to R-134)

Over the past year, Reach 8 exhibited a net shoreline advancement of 12.8 feet. Shoreline advance is not uniform with advances of varying degrees throughout the reach. Overall volumetric losses occurred in the northern portion of the reach with gains in the southern portion, resulting in an overall net volumetric loss of 1,295 cubic yards (to a depth of -26.2 feet NAVD). A volumetric gain of 55,724 cubic yards occurred above MHW due primarily to the direct placement of 34,902 cubic yards as a dune feature over this monitoring period. This work was done in conjunction with the Mid-Town renourishment project and utilized both existing beach sand excavated from the Mid-Town beach and a stockpile of sand from the dredging project.

Since 1990, Reach 8 has exhibited a net average loss of -1.7 feet, though recession generally occurred at the north end of the reach and advancement was most prominent in the southern portions of the reach. Since 1990, the reach has exhibited a net loss of 38,355 cubic yards (to a depth of -26.2 feet NAVD). This trend of losses in Reach 8 since 1990 is only noticed since the changes in limits to Reaches 7 and 8. Previously, the limits of Reach 8 extended further north and benefited from up-drift beaches.

FDEP Strategic Beach Management Plan, June 2015 Update

Strategy: 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 within the last 2,000 feet of Reach 8.

Reach 8 Related Shore Protection Board Recommended Actions, November 2009

FEMA Dune/Beach Sand
To be conducted simultaneously with the FEMA project in Reaches 4 and 7, the Reach 8 beaches, south of the Lake Worth pier, will receive sand appreciable to the losses attributed from Tropical Storm Fay.