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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 Nourishment Projects Easements

Beach Management Construction Easement PropertiesIndian River County will be constructing three (3) beach nourishment projects over the next two years within the Sector 3, Sector 5 and Sector 7 beach management areas. A portion of the sand may be placed on the beach landward of the Mean High Water Line and seaward of the dune line, which is private property. In order to proceed with the sand fill project on these sections of private property, the County will require a beach management and assessment easement from property owners or Condo Associations of beachfront parcels in the project areas. View a map of beach projects and properties requiring easements at

Beach Preservation Plan Update
BPP is undergoing an update in 2019. This process started in January and expected to be complete in November 2019.
Beach Preservation Plan (2014 Update)

Sector 5 Beach Restoration Project
The Sector 5 beach area extends from Tracking Station Park down to the Riomar Golf Course, through the heart of Vero Beach. This area has been heavily impacted by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma and is in need of a large scale nourishment project. Permits for the Sector 5 project have been issued, this project will place approximately 200,000 cy of quality beach compatible upland sand along the project area. The project is designed to have no impact to the nearshore hardbottom reef. Currently, this project is on schedule to begin November 2019 and will extend into April 2020
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.
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

View the Habitat Conservation Plan

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

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.