Water-Related News

Upham Beach nourishment project to begin this month

Pinellas County has announced the Upham Beach nourishment project will begin by the end of May and should be completed within two weeks.

Norfolk Dredging, which constructed the Sand Key and Treasure Island projects last year, will nourish Upham Beach at the north end of St. Pete Beach. Equipment mobilization will start soon, and nourishment is set to begin the last week of May. Sand placement will be from north to south, with about 700 feet fenced off around the active work area. Sand for the project will be dredged from Blind Pass.

Beach nourishment benefits the community by providing increased storm protection for property owners as well as recreational opportunities. It also creates important habitat for shorebirds and nesting sea turtles. The project aligns with Pinellas County’s strategic goal of practicing superior environmental stewardship by preserving and managing environmental lands, beach parks and historical assets.

For information, visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/uphambeach2019/default.htm.