Beach Renourishment in Panama City Beach
Spring 2017 Panama City Beach Interim Renourishment Project
The fourth renourishment of the Panama City Beaches will be under construction during March and April 2017, with a planned completion by May 1st. This is a very important project for maintaining the health of our beaches! The link below will provide many of the details of the project.
The interim renourishment project is taking place along four segments of beach spanning from the west to east ends and totaling approximately 3.5 miles. The approximate half mile “Pinnacle Port” segment will place sand from just west of Pinnacle Port and into, but not including all of, Carillon Beach to the east. The approximate one-mile “City Pier” segment will place sand from and including the city pier beach west to the Palazzo condos. The approximate one-mile “County Pier” segment will place sand from and including the west side of the county pier west to the Casa Loma. The approximate one-mile “Treasure Island” segment will place sand from and including Moonspinner condos west to approximately just east of Gulf Drive/Hurt Street.
Previous Renourishment Projects
The beaches of Panama City Beach that you see today are actually the result of 3 previous nourishment projects - completed in 1998/1999, 2005/2006, and 2011. In 1995, Hurricane Opal caused significant erosion of the beaches, and to combat this erosion and erosion from storms since then, nourishment projects have been undertaken to widen the beach for the benefit of residents and visitors, and provide protection for structures and infrastructure near the beach. In addition, the project provides habitat for nesting sea turtles and other wildlife.
Because of the 1998/1999 project, there was very little damage to upland development when Hurricane Ivan struck in 2004. The initial restoration of the Panama City Beaches in 1998-1999 placed approximately 9.8 million cubic yards of sand along the beaches. The 2005-2006 project placed approximately 3.3 million cubic yards and the 2011 project placed approximately 1.4 million cubic yards of sand along the beaches. This beach nourishment management program is much like a roadway or other such infrastructure - once it is built, it must be maintained.