~ PROJECT UPDATES ~
Olsen Associates completed the Year 5 Post- Construction Monitoring Report for the
SAISSA Beach Project covering the period June 2015 to May 2016. This report
contains the following sections which may be reviewed or downloaded with the
Executive Summary Report
Appendix A - Survey part 1 | part 2
Appendix B - Beach Profiles
Appendix C - Orthorectified Photography
Appendix D - Nassau Sound part 1 | part 2
Appendix E - Obilque Aerial Photography
Appendix F - Shoreline Change Tables
Appendix G - Morphological Change Nassau Sound
Olsen Associates surveyed the beach damage from Hurricane Matthew. Their
findings, including images, can be found in the two documents below:
Beach Debris Report | Damage Assessment
Al Browder gave a brief presentation on the Final Report related to the Offshore
Marine Geological Investigation. The following is a summary of the effort in terms
of its importance to SAISSA. Also attached is BOEM authorization report including
appendices A, B, and C. The raw data associated with the research has not been
uploaded but is available by CD for those interested.
SAISSA Board of
Trustees has recommended the adoption of Maintenance Assess-
for FY 2015-16. A Maintenance Assessment of $642,422 is need to
quired on-going project monitoring activities, operating
expenses as well as design
/permitting cost for our next
re-nourishment project scheduled for 2020. This is an
about $246 per residential unit. Click here to read
and download July
23rd letter summarizing FY2015-16 Maintenance
SAISSA Board of
Trustees announces the end of Capital Assessments to pay the
debt service on the SAISS Special Capital Assessment Bonds, Series
Bond Issue approved in 2011 to fund the 2011 Beach
Re-nourishment Project re-
quired annual assessment through 2019.
SAISSA is able to reduce the FY 2015-16
Capital Assessment by
$535,254 and completely eliminate all Capital
for the last three years of the SAISS Special Capital
Assessment Bond term. This
unprecedented action is because the SAISS
Project received a $4.3 million grant
from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection that reimburses the pro-
ject for 39.21% of
the project’s costs including permitting expenses and the first
years of post-construction monitoring. Click here to
read and download July
23rd letter summarizing FY2015-16 Capital
completed the Phase I-Reconnaissance Level- Report on Borrow
Development. This Report reviews and compiles existing geotechnical
describing sediment characteristics and potential for
beach-compatible sand in the
vicinity of the South End of Amelia
Island, Florida. Click here to review or down-
March 2015 -
2011 Beach Construction Permit requires us to monitor shorebirds with
winter and summer surveys for the life of the project. This includes
marking and roping-off critical shorebird
nesting areas with signs and stakes as well as assisting the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) educate beach users as
to the need to protect nesting shorebirds. The monitoring component is
contracted to Scheda Ecological Associates of
Tampa, Florida and the protection activities are contracted to Amelia
Naturally. AIPCA, SAISSA and FWC are co- sponsoring a program on
SHARING AMELIA’S BEACHES WITH NESTING SHOREBIRDS. The public is invited
to the 3 PM presentation on March
18, 2015 at Walker’s
Landing. Additionally, we are assisting FWC distribute flyers
guests through the rental agents.
Click here to review flyer.
February, 2015 -
Drew Wallace, President of the SAISSA Board of Trustees, distributed to
owners a summary of Board Actions from the February 11, 2015
Click here to review this quarterly update on SAISSA activities.
The SAISSA Trustees adopted a Property Owner and Public Information Program at
the February Board of Trustees Meeting. This is an ambitious effort and includes
many different touch points. The backbone of the informational effort will be per-
iodic letter predominately distributed by email to property owners in order to keep
them updated on current activities. For a complete review of this six point pro-
gram, Click here.
January 2015 -
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded the South Amelia
Island Beach Project $4,263,932.82 to reimburse project costs for the 2011 Beach
Nourishment. The grant represented 39.21 % of the eligible design, construction
and monitoring costs. Please Click here to review the contract and scope of the
grant. In order to maximize the benefit of the grant, the proceeds have been in-
vested in fully collateralized Certificate of Deposits timed to mature as needed to
pay debt service on the Project Bonds. The grant proceeds and interested earned
will be sufficient to completely pay the debt service for the last three years of the
Special Assessment Bond Issue (2017-2019) and to pay 30% the debt service for
next year (2016). As a result of the strategy, the property owners in the SAISSA-
MSBU saved an additional $211,000 over simple pre-payment of outstanding prin-
November, 2014 -
Dr. James Houston, Director Emeritus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Research
and Development Center and a prominent coastal engineer, scientist and
researcher spoke to an interest audience at Amelia Island Plantation, November
6, 2014. Dr. James Houston has
published more than 170 technical reports and papers and won numerous honors
and awards. With a career of 38 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Dr.
Houston talked about “The Value of Florida’s Beaches” and “Sea Level Rise”.
Click here to view both of Dr. Houston’s presentations (single PDF).
September, 2014 -
The Year Three Post-Construction Monitoring Report
found that the entire shoreline
Beach to the A1A Bridge
experienced a net gain of +744,800 Cubic
Yards (CY) during the reporting
period. This net gain is principally
related to the direct placement of +581,000 CY
of sand dredged
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) between June
2013 and November 2013 and
placed along the Amelia Island State Park Shoreline south of the rock
Gains were also
the north end of the project and northward thereof
into American Beach. This gain is
attributed in part to the
stabilizing effect of the
AIWW fill and in part to an influx of sand north of
project site. Notwith-
standing the net gain in sand volume, the mean high
water (MHW) retreated by
a weighted average of almost 15 feet and for the three
years of the Project, the
shoreline has lost
261,900 CY at an average annual
rate of 87,300 CY per year.
This rate is expected to increase with
match historical rates. Click here
to review the entire report (under Documents > 2011
Renourishment, 3 parts).
May 2014 -
SAISSA General Counsel, Arthur I.Jacobs announced that the SAISSA Board of
Trustees did not violate any sunshine
laws or illegally destroy sea oats. A complaint
was filed with the Florida Attorney
General alleging that the Board of Trustees
deliberately denied citizens the opportunity to speak at Board Meetings, held
meetings without proper notification and willfullydestroyed sea oats when the
beach was tilled in February 2013 and March
2014. These allegations were
gated by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida
of Environmental Protection.
potential violations of State Sunshine Laws,
FDLE reported that no violations were found. As to the allegation of willful des-
truction of sea oats, the Florida Department ofEnvironmental Protection invest-
igated the complaint and determined that the compliant may have misunderstood
the requirements of the Joint Coast Permit andthe special condition requiring
nourished beaches to be tilled for three
following a re-nourishment project.
complaints were closed by their respective agencies.
April 2014 -
To address impact concerns
to soft bottom communities at the offshore borrow site, a benthic macrofauna monitoring program
was developed with the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Year-2 Post-Construction bathymetric
survey suggests the borrow site is in-filling and the sampling for biological monitoring shows that the surface sediments in the site are predominantly dark silt/mud. The monitoring has shown that the benthic
communities have changed significantly due to the transition in sediment types. That condition is not
expected to change in the next few years unless a major change in sediments occurs (perhaps due to future storms). Given the sediment conditions, the biologist recommended that monitoring not continue in 2014. Click Here to read or print the complete report.
February 2014 -
Coastal Eco-Group of Deerfield Beach Florida a subcontract to Olsen Associates has determined from the Year-2 Biological Monitor studies that the recovery objectives specified in the Beach Macrofauna Monitoring Plan have been sufficiently met that additional Biological Monitoring can be suspended. If this recommendation is accepted, the suspension of the Year-3 program will save approximately $55,000 in Bond Funds scheduled for 2013-2014 that can be paid to retire bond debt.
Please review the complete Report by clicking the Link below:Spring 2013 - Year 2 - Post Construction Final Report.
November 2013 -
The Year Two Post Construction Monitoring Report (June 2012 to June 2013) for the 2011 South Amelia Island Beach Nourishment was released by Olsen Associates. Based on the 2013 beach monitoring surveys, the South Amelia Island Shore Stabilization Project has met Project goals. Despite a more severe wave climate over the two years than average, the project performance was basically equivalent to the 1994 and 2002 beach fills. In the net, the 2011 nourishment lost approximately 673,800 CY or 33 percent of the total place volume over the first 22 months.
Please review the complete Reports by clicking on the following file Link:
> Year Two Post-Construction Monitoring Report and Documents
August 2013 -
The SAISSA Trustees have re-released three significant studies concerning Beach and Dune Preservation on Amelia Island. The studies can be read or downloaded click the following links:
1) 1985 Shoreline Stabilization Analysis [79-pgs]
2) 1990 Beach and Dune Preservation Feasibility Study [203-pgs]
3) 1999 Shoreline Change Rates [54-pgs]
July 2013 -
Nassau Sound provides outstanding waters for sport fisherman. The Sound of Tarpon by Terry Lacoss published in the July 2013 issue of Florida Sportsman details the excitement and thrill of fishing for Tarpon in and around Nassau Sound. Click Here for the full story.
July 2013 -
The US Army Corps of Engineers will begin the dredging of the Sawpit Creek portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in July. The navigation project on behalf of the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is expected to result in an estimated 578,999 cubic yards of material for a severely eroded section of the Amelia Island State Park immediately south of the SAISS Project Breakwater at the north end of the State Park.
Click Here to view the full story of this disposal project that will benefit the SAISS Project.
April 2013 -
The 2011 SAISS Project Permits required Pre-Construction and Post-Construction monitoring of Macroinvertebrate critters in both its offshore borrow site and in the placed beach fill. This benthic macrofauna/infauna study prepared by Coastal Eco-Group of Deerfield Beach, Florida, was completed in April 2013.
Click Here to read and review the full report [64-pgs].
September 2012 -
Year One Monitoring Report shows that the 2011 Project loss was only 86,600 cy while achieving a significant level of post-fill beach equilibration. Click Here to read and review entire report [44-pgs].
April 2012 -
Engineered Beach Documentation completed that would allow a timely and favorable determination by FEMA that the SAISS Project is eligible for post-disaster funding for reconstruction should major damage occur to the beach during a federally declared disaster. Click Here for more information.
October 2011 -
Nor'easter speeds up equilibration process and for an explanation of equilibration Click Here .