Beach Maintenance


The eastern boundary of the Village of Key Biscayne is 6,440 yards, or approximately 1-1/4 miles, of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beauty of the beach and ocean bordering the Village limits, and can walk unimpeded to Cape Florida Bill Baggs State Park to the south, and Miami-Dade County's Crandon Park to the north.

Although the shoreline seaward of the mean high tide line is the property of the State of Florida, the Village maintains the beach area from the upland dunes to the water line.

On-going maintenance of the Atlantic shoreline is overseen by the Public Works Department. Daily tasks along the 1-1/4 miles of beach are performed by Beach Raker, a Village contractor, as follows:

  • Mechanical cleaning of the beach within Village limits is performed seven days per week. Weekend hours are dictated by beachgoers.
  • Operations begin at approximately 6:00 a.m. and end around 10-11:00 a.m. depending on the beach conditions. The length of work is dictated by seaweed volume and tide (more area to cover at low tide)
  • Seaweed and seagrass is raked up and buried at the mean high water line (MHWL) of the beach.
  • Debris picked up ranges from small pieces of trash to logs.
  • Sand grooming maintains the recreational beach profile and, in some cases recreates the profile (for example, after storm events)
  • Village waste containers are emptied.
  • Upon occasion, seaweed can be placed at the frontal area of the dunes. This provides the dune with nutrients to the sea oats and other dune plants that make up a healthy dune system.
  • During turtle nesting season (May-October) the beach contractor must wait until the morning turtle nest survey has been completed before work can commence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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