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Report dead, sick or injured sea turtles or marine mammals to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) toll-free at 1-888-404-3922

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Coastal Engineering Division

Statement of Function
The Coastal Engineering Division is responsible for the planning, permitting and construction of projects related to coastal protection. These projects include large-scale beach renourishment at critically eroding areas of the beach, dune restoration to mitigate storm damage and protect upland properties, and reviewing applications for coastal armoring. Beach Restoration also manages and executes the County's Habitat Preservation Plan (HCP) for the protection of sea turtles, which allows the County to regulate and issue permits for emergency shoreline protection measures when necessary. Beach Restoration also manages the County's artificial reef program and serves as a resource for citizens on the issues of beach erosion and coastal zone management.

Beach Preservation Plan Update 2014
At the March 24, 2015 meeting, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2014 Update to the County Beach Preservation Plan.

Sector 3 Beach restoration Project
The Sector 3 project placed approximately 472,000 cubic yards of beach compatible sand along this 6.6 mile stretch of beach near Sebastian Inlet. Obtain more information including past project plans, project benifits, frequently asked questions, and past project updates & reports by visiting the Sector 3 Project page | General Beach Restoration Information

Sea TurtleHabitat Conservation Plan for the Protection of Sea Turtles Yearly Reports on the eroding beaches of Indian River County, Florida.
2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012
2011 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- Habitat Conservation Plan

College-level volunteer opportunity: The Indian River County Sea Turtle Program is partnering up with the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory to find four college-level students willing to volunteer their summer to become research and education assistants. Chosen personnel will help with sea turtle monitoring projects, community educational outreach events, summer camps, and laboratory animal care. Positions are available from May-August (approx. 15 weeks); start and end dates are flexible. A full commitment will be require during this time period. There will be joint responsibilities in the field and at the marine lab. For more information about applying please see the attached position description and instruction sheet.

Where can I see sea turtles

Artificial Reef Program
Learn about Indian River County's eight offshore artificial reefs.
- Artificial Reef Program
- Objectives and Strategic Plan
- Artificial Reef SP Permit

For questions regarding Indian River County's shoreline, contact James Gray, Jr. - Coastal Engineer at
(772) 226-1344

For questions regarding sea turtles, or other coastal wildlife, contact Kendra Cope Environmental Specialist (772) 226-1569

2018/2019 Goals and Objectives

Beach Project Design, Construction and Monitoring Related Activities

  • Construct the Sector 5 Beach and Dune Restoration Project.
  • Continue the design and permitting on the Sector 3 and Sector 7 Beach and Dune Restoration Projects.
  • Continue working with the Sebastian Inlet District to explore future management of the Sectors 1 and 2 shoreline.

Artificial Reef Program

  • Continue to construct and promote artificial reefs offshore of Indian River County.
  • Design and draft an artificial reef management plan.
  • Coordinate reef monitoring programs to document reef success and exotic lionfish populations.

Hurricane Recovery

  • Continue to assist oceanfront residents in response to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.

Grant Related Activities

  • Secure grants for the Sector 3, 5, and 7 Beach and Dune Restoration Projects.
  • Secure grants to continue expansion of the County’s offshore artificial recreational reefs.

Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan Related Activities

  • Continue sea turtle monitoring under Amendment #1 of the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
  • Continue Sea Turtle Trunk Programs for 5th and 7th grades within County public and private schools.
  • Organize and host a sea turtle lighting workshop for residents, businesses, code enforcement, lighting distributors and contractors

Public Outreach Activities

  • Partner with Coastal Connections to organize and conduct the 4th annual Sebastian Lionfish Fest.
  • Continue to work with KIRB to conduct annual coastal cleanups to remove debris from public waterways and secure community improvement grants.
  • Partner with local nonprofits to implement oyster recycling and restoration projects within the lagoon.

Additional Activities

  • Construction the Jungle Trail Roadway Stabilization Project.
  • Undergo the demolition of the Wabasso Fishing Pier for construction of an artificial reef.
  • Explore opportunities to improve the overall health and water quality within the Indian River Lagoon. 
  • Begin Developing the Indian River County Indian River Lagoon Plan.
  • Continue representing the County while on the Board of Directors for Coastal Connections Inc.