Coastal Engineering Division
1801 27th Street
Vero Beach, FL. 32960
Phone: (772) 226-1648
Mon - Fri: 8:30am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
The major function of the Coastal Engineering Division is the planning, permitting and construction of projects related to coastal protection. These projects include large-scale beach nourishment at critically eroding areas of the beach, dune restoration to mitigate storm damage and protect upland properties and reviewing applications for coastal armoring. The Coastal Engineering Division 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. Coastal Engineering 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.
On March 8, 2022, Staff presented to the Board of County Commissioners an update on the status of the Sector 7 Beach and Dune Restoration project along with the current number of obtained easements. At that meeting, Staff presented the Board with several options for the project based on the current number of easements still failing to meet the 90% goal (54 easements recorded reflecting 66% of the project area easements). After lengthy discussions and acknowledgement that the targeted number of easements was still not met, staff was directed to delay project once again, now targeting construction during the November 2023 to April 2024 construction window. Read the full Sector 7 Beach and Dune Update letter.
Under the Beach Preservation Plan, Indian River County coordinates beach and dune restoration projects. During these projects 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 restoration projects, the County requires 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 www.ircgov.com/easements.