Posted by: reefrescue | January 17, 2015

State to investigate Carlin Park beach renourishment sand quality

At the request of Reef Rescue, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has agreed to collect samples and perform analysis to determine if the sand used for the Carlin Park, Jupiter, FL beach renourishment project is in compliance with FDEP permit requirements.

In correspondence to FDEP, Reef Rescue raised concerns that the quality of both the upland sourced truck haul sand and the dredged sand did not appear to meet project specific sand quality requirements. As of January 16, 2015, FDEP has collected sand samples and is awaiting the results of analysis.

The Carlin Park beach project begun in November 2014 consists of two phases; one employing sand trucked from an upland source and the second, at the north end of the project, using dredged sand from offshore. The truck haul portion supervised by Palm Beach County and the dredging performed under the Army Corps of Engineers.



Video of Carlin truck haul sediment evaluation test:

Video of Carlin dredged sand quality:

Town of Palm Beach and County officials have offered assurances that the quality of the Carlin dredged sand is unacceptable for, the about to begin, Palm Beach mid-town beach project. Reef Rescue is already onsite in Palm Beach documenting project setup and will continue to monitor the project from the air and above and below the water to assess impacts to the local coral reefs during the expected several months of construction activity.




  1. As a commercial beach fisherman I recognize the contamination of our seashore sand. The disappearance of coastal crustacea is crucial to attracting pompano, whiting, snook, permit, and numerous species.. As we know beach sand never self remedies to support the return of said food sources. Errosion to the natural state is a fore gone conclusion. A composition of diverse mineral particulate size is researched for the Hatteras, N. Carolina seashore with heavy research on the return of sand fleas, ghost crabs and many creatures that constitute a “Live Beach”. I’ve been here since 1959 and would appreciate anglers to come forward and please be vocal on their opinions. I still value our fishery and do want “All Anglers” current and future to experience what I used to know as our surf fishing region~!

  2. As a native FL’r i remember the Sand Fleas, Sea Roaches, Beach Lice Ghost Crabs & the now diminishing Tree Crabs as well as fewer Land Crabs, Horseshoe Crabs & Fiddler Crabs. Mangrove Tree Crabs have abruptly disappeared. These little fellows would scamper away from the planked boardwalks. They were commonly seen in the foliage nibbling or hiding behind a leaf. The aptly named Sea Roaches would cover the rocks & scurry away to hide. I once witnessed a wounded Little Blue Heron surviving by feeding on the abundant Beach Lice hiding in the seaweed wrackline.
    Sand Fleas too are few but i suspect constant walking on the beach shore & the use of many suntan oils have hurt them. They get crushed by footsteps since they poke up their breathing tubes when they bury just below the surface in the sand as the wave retreats. And it seems the various chemicals/oils cling to the sand/wrackline. Pouring oil on a water surface having mosquito larvae kills them by clogging up their breathing tubes is an old fashion skeeter control method. So why would not that affect Sand Fleas & Coquinas in the same manner?. The number of beach strollers now is almost constant.. Sanderlings must lose fear of humans walking thru their feeding grounds in search of young Sand Fleas or burn to much energy always flying off to land again to feed, only to be disturbed again & fly away possibly starving. Where are the Willets, Godwits, Plovers & Sand Pipers that i remember feeding along the beaches.
    Before the hurricanes counties were tough about anyone dumping dirt/rocks on their sea shore frontal property even if it was to prevent from losing their house to erosion. Many owners fought the county charges for ‘an illegal fill of poor quality’. After the hurricanes just about any dumping to fill the massive damage from storm erosion occurred. HWM

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