Story by Anne Geggis / Sun Sentinel Posted by Scott T. Smith / CBS12 NewsBOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s going to get a lot sandier on the north and south ends of Boca’s beaches starting next month.
Enough sand to form a seven-story building the size of a football field will be dumped on the mile-long stretch from the Boca-Deerfield Beach line to the Boca Raton Inlet in a project that starts next week and continues 24 hours a day, seven days a week until it’s finished.
And that’s just the beginning.
Enough sand to fill Sun Life Stadium more than halfway to the top row of seats, about four times the amount of the first project, will be dumped on the northern stretch of Boca’s beach starting next year.
The $1.7 million cost of the southern side of the project is being borne by the state, Palm Beach County and the city. And the $6.1 million cost of sanding up the north end is getting covered by federal, state, county and city funds.
Bathers might notice the beach is a little wider and fuller, but the difference won’t be overwhelming. City officials say this project goes beyondjust making the beach bigger.
Instead, it has more to do with protecting the area from flooding, and that’s why the federal government was willing to pay for repairing the stretch from the northern end of Red Reef Park to the Boca-Highland Beach line.
“This is coming from the Flood Control and Coast Emergencies funding,” said Jennifer Bistyga, coastal program manager for the City of Boca Raton.
Right now, the depleted sand means that water is pooling onto the beach and sandbars are forming en masse offshore, Bistyga said.
“The beaches are shorter, they are not as wide, they are not as high,” Bistyga said.
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Boca Raton beaches getting a huge infusion of sand