PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 28, 2021) – A $28.5 million dollar beach renourishment project kicked off on September 11 in Panama City Beach. This federally funded project will replace 2.1 million cubic yards of sand on the area’s beaches to rejuvenate them and protect against erosion.
“This renourishment project is so important for maintaining the health of our world-renowned beaches,” says Dan Rowe, Visit Panama City Beach president and CEO. “By replenishing the sand, this project will ensure Panama City Beach is better protected from storms and hurricanes so that people can continue to enjoy our beaches that keep visitors returning year after year.”
This year’s renourishment will cover two areas with the “western” project extending from Pinnacle Port to the City Pier and the “eastern” project covering St. Andrews State Park to the Ocean Towers. This is the fifth beach renourishment to take place in Panama City Beach since 1998 and the new sand, which is sourced from offshore borrow areas near Shell Island and the St. Andrews Bay entrance channel, will restore these areas for recreational use and critical protection for beach structures and inland infrastructure.
Due to sand losses from Hurricanes Michael and Sally in 2018 and 2020 respectively, the project team secured Federal Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies funds for this project with no local or state matching dollars required. Active dredging and sand placement started on the west end of the project area earlier this month and it is expected to move quickly over the next four to five months.
Work crews will work 24 hours a day seven days a week to complete this renourishment project in a timely fashion. Panama City Beach’s beaches will remain open and visitors can still access the Gulf and beaches near work sites. This project is estimated to be completed by early 2022.
For more information on this beach renourishment project, visit https://bit.ly/3E1UC7E.
About Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with yearround offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com. Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@VisitPanamaCityBeach).
About Visit Panama City Beach
Visit Panama City Beach is the official destination marketing organization for Panama City Beach, Florida. The awardwinning organization has earned industry accreditation (DMAP) from Destinations International, the world’s leading authority in destination marketing, and exists to drive economic opportunity, job creation, community sustainability and quality of life for its residents through marketing, promotion and stewardship of the destination’s REAL.FUN.BEACH. brand and attributes, tourism development, special event production, and managing beach re-nourishment and maintenance programs.
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