Sunday, February 19, 2023

City seeks public input for Army Corps resilience study. (CosA press release)

Come speak out on resiliency, on February 22, 2023, George Washington's Birthday!   6 pm to 8 pm.  

Residents strongly encouraged to attend meetingx

City press release:

February 16, 2023


City seeks public input for Army Corps resilience study


On Wednesday, February 22, from 6:00 – 8:00pm in The Alcazar Room of City Hall, located at 75 King Street, residents and interested individuals are invited to attend and provide input at a public meeting to begin addressing coastal storm damages and risks in the City of St. Augustine.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District (Corps) is preparing an integrated Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Feasibility Study and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document which requires residents’ scoping comments, views, and information about environmental and cultural resources, study objectives, and important features.  A copy of the scoping document is available online


The objectives of the study include (1) reduce flooding caused by coastal storms, extreme high tides, and future projected sea level rise in the study area; (2) explore opportunities to increase community resiliency from future coastal storms.  Issues that are anticipated include concern for aesthetics, cultural resources, recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, wetlands, fish and wildlife resources, threatened and endangered species, and water quality.  CSRM measures to be evaluated may include a combination of structural (i.e., tidal gates, seawalls, revetments, levees, drainage improvements, building elevation, etc.), non-structural (i.e., relocation, buyouts, etc.), and natural and nature-based features (i.e., living shorelines, vegetated features, oyster reefs, and maritime forests).


The meeting will be live-streamed online at, and will be available for on-demand viewing the next day.  In addition, The Corps will accept written scoping comments until March 10, 2023. Residents may submit their remarks via email to (recommended subject line: “St. Augustine Back Bay CSRM NEPA Scoping Comments”) or by U.S. Mail to 701 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207.


Please visit the Jacksonville District (Corps) website for more information:


For more information, visit For questions about the study, contact Jessica Beach, City of St. Augustine Chief Resilience Officer, via email at


All media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307 or via email at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The threat is a category 4 or 5 hurricane puting 15 feet of water downtown and on the barrier islands, wiping everything off the map. The solution is nothing because you can't stop a hurricane! Whatever you build will have to continually be rebuilt unless you build structures 15 feet above sea level and concrete structures. That and the beaches are going away and you can't control the ocean. Only thing left is to buy the beach houses and demolish them. There will be the new beach. Beats blowing money adding sand that will only wash away again and again.