Haulover Sandbar Will Be Dredged & Removed To Renourish Bal Harbour Beach

The Haulover sandbar is planned to be removed in a dredging program by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The sandbar has become a party hotspot popular with recreational boaters, some of who have filed objections to the plan.

Haulover’s sandbar is formed by sand that would have normally replenished beaches to the south. In 1925 however, the Haulover inlet was excavated, and the sand now flows into the inlet instead.

The sand causes navigation and other hazards in the intracoastal waterway, requiring periodic dredging and marker changes.

If the Haulover sandbar is dredged, it is expected to form again in about five years.

A total of 101,400 cubic yards of sand will be removed from the Haulover Inlet and deposited on Bal Harbour Beach as part of a renourishment program, under the plan.

In total, the beach at Bal Harbour is in need of 210,000 cubic yards. The remaining sand is expected to come from upland sand mines.

According to the county, the 101,400 cubic yards of sand to be taken from Haulover has an estimated value of $2.79 million.

Local officials have incentive to approve the deal, since the federal government is funding 100% of the project.

Typically, the feds would require the county to kick in 20% of the $158 million it is now spending on renourishment projects countywide, which would have cost the County approximately $32 million.

If the county doesn’t approve, the federal government says it may miss its schedule for the Bal Harbour renourishment project and reassign the funds elsewhere, leaving the county on the hook for $20 to $20 million.

Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote on the plan at a meeting on January 21.

If approved, the project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous
1 month ago

So to be clear. We are clearing the sand from a middle class hot spot to Re nourish the beaches of the 1%? Just verifying for a friend

Anonymous
1 month ago

Honestly a smart move. The sand bar will be back in a few years and it should be many years before it would need to be dredged again. No biggie

Anonymous
1 month ago

It would be stunning if they added pink sand on top of it

Anonymous
1 month ago

or even hot orange sand

Joanna H
1 month ago

This is great news! Hopefully they dredge a minimum of 20’ so they don’t have to waste another trip out in a few years. It would probably be a good idea to replace the haulover bridge soon as I’ve noticed it’s decay, and while we’re at it put in a drawbridge just in case bigger yachts need to pass through.

CEC
1 month ago

How could anyone want pink or orange sand. The vogue is purple sand.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can’t we get sand from somewhere else??

Anonymous
10 days ago

Thank You.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Horrible news…this is the best place in South Florida for boating with the family….why can’t they take a portion of the sand from the smaller sandbar south of the Haulover sandbar instead?

MIAMI
1 month ago

So many important things to pay attention to here in Miami and look at what you are up to

AEIOU
1 month ago

If in a few years they will have the same sandbar there then what is the logic of dredging now or is it that someone wants to put money in their pockets!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The issue is the sandbar is impinging on the Intracoastal Waterway which is supposed to maintain 12pm of depth.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I was once on a 80′ Azimut that had both its props destroyed when it slammed into the sandbar at night because the sand had shifted and the charts were wrong. It could barely do 4 knots all the way back to Bahia Mar.

Richard and family
1 month ago

I was going to buy a new deck boat this year and sell my old one. I really enjoyed taking my family to the sandbar. I guess the only option is to cruise the intercoastal. With fuel prices on the rise, I’m selling my boat and hanging up boating. I thought the new Democratic Mayor was supposed to take care of the middle-class, wish I could take my vote back.

Rick W.
1 month ago

As much as I love the sandbar, I think that it makes sense to dredge that entire area, navigating the narrow channel is a nightmare with so many new boaters out there winging it. The problem is that Beercan will now be inundated with boats, that could get messy also. For now I guess I will drop anchor at Oleta, sad to see it go though!

Lifelong Sandbar Dude
20 days ago

Without a doubt the sandbar is the best and most fun place that you can go to by boat in Dade county….. the water is crystal clear …. the sand is firm and not squishy like in the keys ……there is food …. you can bring your dog ….it’s a great place to cool off in the summer after cruising or fishing ….. it is a unique natural resource….. just a few minutes from the boat ramp…..if the general public knew of this place ….. the outcry opposing the proposed dredging would be huge …….dredging the sandbar is a monumental mistake …… a blatant disregard for the boating community by the Dade county decision makers

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go get some sand from the Middle East. There is a whole dessert over there. Those dot heads aren’t using all of it. Camels don’t need that much sand . L O L

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go get sand from the Middle East. They got a whole dessert. Camels don’t need that much sand

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

No!!!!!! Please don’t remove that sound bar for a beach. People go there all the time on their boats.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So?

Anonymous
1 month ago

So, don’t do it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

BRUH!!!! WTF!

Anonymous
1 month ago

It useless because it will occur again in five years and will be constantly need to be dredged.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its not being dredged just to get rid of it, its to give a beach more sand so thats not of concern

Anonymous
1 month ago

Leave the sand bar alone. It’s a great place for people to clean the underside of their boats while standing in the water.

Anonymous
1 month ago

TNM, you must be desperate for a story to print. We don’t need crappy stories, such as this.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dude, you get this news for free, and you’re bitching about what TNM reports?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re desperate for something to whine about.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Funny, you would be the first the bitch about something reported in Broward.