In April, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08) toured the soon-to-be-completed Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass Project (Phase 5).
Rep. Posey praised the project as a unified effort that keeps Port Canaveral’s economic engine running, while restoring 3.5 miles of shoreline south of Canaveral Inlet to the pre-inlet levels of the early 1950s.
Canaveral Port Authority Commission Chairman Micah Loyd led a tour by water of Port Canaveral for the Congressman to review progress on the nearly completed Sand Bypass Project and to highlight critical current and future port infrastructure projects. Joining the tour was U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Col. Andrew Kelly, commander and district engineer for the Jacksonville District. The Corps is the federally authorized agency that funded, administered and managed the project.
Completed in early May, the six-month long Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass Project – the largest volume effort in the Port Canaveral area since the first in 1995 – will have pumped almost 1.4 million cubic yards of sand. The sand was dredged from the shoreline north of Port Canaveral along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to beaches south of the Canaveral Inlet from Jetty Park to less than a half-mile south of the Cocoa Beach Pier. Locally sponsored by the Canaveral Port Authority and funded and administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federally authorized $18 million effort is replenishing the Jetty Park shoreline and points south in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach to pre-port levels of the 1950s. The latest sand bypass project at the port is the fifth such effort since 1995.