North Beach Sand Re-nourishment Scheduled

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the City of Corpus Christi have partnered on a project to perform maintenance re-nourishment of Corpus Christi’s North Beach. The project is authorized and funded in part by the State of Texas under the Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act (CEPRA) program administered by the GLO, in partnership with the City of Corpus Christi. A construction contract has been awarded to Apollo Environmental Strategies, Inc.  

Construction will commence at the end of February and is expected to last approximately nine weeks. Work will consist of nourishing the beach with approximately 70,000 cubic yards of beach -quality sand over an area of North Beach stretching roughly 3,200 Linear Feet – from Bridgeport Street to just north of Stewart Street in the vicinity of Surfside Park. A key component of the maintenance will involve digging and moving approximately 20,000 Cubic Yards of beach-quality sand that has accumulated near the north end of North Beach to the south end of North Beach. This sand will be supplemented with approximately 50,000 cubic yards of additional beach-quality sand imported to North Beach from an upland source. 

The project is intended to be complete in time for the summer season, although it will straddle the upcoming Spring Break period of March 12th through the 20th.  Prior to Spring Break, the contractor will be conducting nourishment work on the south end of North Beach, progressing northward.  In order to relieve some of the impact the construction will have on beach goers during spring break, immediately prior to the week of Spring Break, the contractor will relocate to work in the vicinity of Burleson Street allowing full use of the south end of North Beach. 

North Beach has a history of periodic nourishment stretching back to 1978, although the most recent re-nourishment event took place back in 2001, followed by modifications in 2002 and 2003 to improve sand quality. This project, following the monitoring and maintenance protocols of the GLO’s Beach Monitoring and Maintenance Plan, addresses the need for timely maintenance of one of the most important and heavily utilized recreational assets of the City of Corpus Christi while simultaneously ensuring North Beach remains eligible for federal funding to address repair work under the FEMA Public Assistance program in the event of impacts to the beach from storm events for which federal disaster declarations may be issued. 

Who:  Texas General Land Office and City of Corpus Christi 

What:  Maintenance Re-nourishment of Corpus Christi North Beach 

When:  February through April 2016 

How:  Placement of approximately 70,000 Cubic Yards of beach-quality sand to re-nourish 3,200 Linear Feet of North Beach  

Why:  To mitigate erosion of an existing public recreational beach asset and maintain eligibility for federal funding to address mitigation of impacts from future tropical storm events for which federal disaster declarations may be issued. 

For more information contact Parks and Recreation Interim Director Stacie Talbert Anaya at (361) 826-3476 or at staciet@cctexas.com.