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An emergency beach nourishment demonstration to commence at the high school beach. This beach stretch is currently impassable, and the continuos flow of traffic is causing further damage to the shoreline. It has become necessary to completely close this stretch of beach to all vehicular traffic for a period of 2 months. The San Pedro Town Council is working with a team of scientists and engineers to restore the natural beauty of the beach and make it resilient to present and future impacts. The planning process is inclusive and we welcome all comments and input.

Updates of the ongoing progress will be shared periodically. Help us restore our shoreline by respecting the signage and the ongoing efforts.

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Beach Nourishment Update: there was a lot of concern about the high school beach sand before, during, AND after Hurricane Lisa. We take this opportunity to assure everyone that the nourishment project worked the way it was designed to work. Our post-storm assessment confirms that several beaches around the island receded slightly (as a consequence of the hurricane's wave action). However, the high school nourished beach showed a positive increase as indicated in this first image (also see before images).

The high school sand nourishment served as a first-line buffer, protecting this stretch of beach from further erosion during the storm surge. The storm's wave action battered the piles of sand but a beach is designed by nature to constantly shift with the incoming wave turbulence and nearshore currents. As the sand shifted due to the wave action, it extended the 'beach face' (see first image). Sand shifts and settles with nature (doesn't stay where it is piled). This is an important thing to keep in mind!

The plans for this nourishment project was to give it a couple of weeks to settle and observe the movement of sand. Hurricane Lisa did the work overnight.

We will continue working on this site and provide updates about the science behind the beach restoration process.

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Public Reminder: The high school beach road remains closed to vehicular traffic. This stretch of beach survived the hurricane, but is still vulnerable and needs time to re-nourish. Motorcycles that ignore the no entry signs are committing a traffic offense and liable to a fine.

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Making a New Beach

Area rep, Andre Perez told us that they are embarking on a massive land reclamation project that will see beach expanded. Here's how he explained it:



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Beach Nourishment Demo: the San Pedro Town Council continues with its efforts to restore the natural beauty of the beach. Our second demonstration site is the stretch of beach between Mayan Princess and the central park. It is a work in progress but we are beginning to see a much beautiful beach compared to what it looked like weeks ago. More updates as the work progresses.

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On Saturday 28th January 2023, San Pedro CAB engaged in a Beach Restoration Project. The project is being spearheaded by Environmentalist Mr.Valentine Rosado. The C.A.B Members were taught about native island plants that help alleviate beach erosion. The area that is currently under the restoration process is the beach infront of The San Pedro High School in the Boca Del Rio Area. Some of the native plants they learnt about were Sea Purslane, Seaside Bean and Beach Ink Berry. After Mr.Rosado ended his information sharing the children den proceeded to the hands-on planting. It is quite a simple process and requires of no high expertise or expensive tools. It is actually very easy and everyone would have no difficulty in doing it.


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A Beach Nourishment Project oin San Pedro

Speaking about climate change, today a News Five team was in San Pedro and came across a Beach Nourishment Project by the town council. It is a natural process of beach restoration that Mayor Wally Nunez says is being undertaken along the east coast of the island that has been experience the effects of climate change and erosion.

Wally Nunez, Mayor, San Pedro Town


"If you go by the high school in front of the high school so we can show and prove how this plan is going to work by constructing the beach berms and the areas where you can grow a beach and it has proven to work. We have done in two areas; in front of the high school and in front of Fido's. Well it used to be called Fido's; now it is Black Pearl Restaurant. And it has proven to be working. It is more of a nature based solution to the issue we have been having with erosion and climate change. The Beach Nourishment Project is going to show us exactly where the sand is moving to once you put sand in certain areas and where we can do artisanal dredging so that we don't have to use heavy equipment to do the actual dredging."

Duane Moody

"So it is like a beach reclamation that is taking place?"

Wally Nunez

"It is a beach reclamation in a slower pace and in a more sustainable manner that we can show that we are doing it more naturally."

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