Statement of Function
The Coastal Engineering Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for the management of issues relating to the County's beaches and coastal environments. A major function is the implementation of the County's Beach Preservation Plan, which calls for the restoration of critically eroding beach segments with sand from offshore sources. The Division is also responsible for developing and implementing a Habitat Conservation Plan for sea turtles, in order to authorize the County to issue emergency shoreline protection permits to residents whose properties are threatened by acute beach erosion. The division also serves as a resource for the public and other County Departments to provide information and advice on beach erosion and coastal armoring, and also manages the County's artificial reef program.
|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
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
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.
For questions regarding Indian River County's shoreline, contact James Gray, Jr. - Coastal Engineer at
For questions regarding sea turtles, or other coastal wildlife, contact Kendra Cope – Environmental Specialist (772) 226-1569