A plan to build storm surge protection off Miami’s coast is likely to look less like a wall and more like a series of small islands, according to comments made by the project’s manager.
Niklas Hallberg, who is the Army Corps of Engineers project manager for the study, told the New York Times that they are now committed to work with the community so that the project “maybe doesn’t look like so much of a wall.”
Hallberg cautioned however that certain structural elements would be necessary.
Initially, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had proposed building a solid 20-foot sea wall along the Brickell coast to protect the area from storm surge, which some had compared to the Berlin Wall.
Developer Swire Properties worked with the Downtown Development Authority to develop an alternative plan.
Under Swire’s plan, a series of earthen and rock berms would be built off the coast. They could be elevated in the future if necessary.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers storm surge protection plan is estimated to cost $6 billion.
It will run around 6 miles, including one mile directly off the Brickell coast in Biscayne Bay.
The project is at least five years away from beginning work.
Renderings from the DDA study:
A mockup by the DDA of what the initial Army Corp. wall could have looked like