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Palm Coast Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 9 months ago

Dunes restoration work shifts to River-to-Sea Park

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Dunes have been constructed from the northern end of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park to a half-mile south of Varn Park.

Crews on Monday, Oct. 29, began shifting dunes restoration work from Varn Park to River-to-Sea Park, according to a Flagler County government news release.

The northern portion of the park is closed but the southernmost portion, including the restroom, remains open.

“Staff is finishing the work at Varn Park today, and beginning a 4,300 linear feet FEMA project at River-to-Sea,” County Engineer Faith Alkhatib said in the news release. “It will take three weeks, at least, to finish that section of dunes restoration.”

Oct. 29 is day 290 of the dunes restoration project, and nearly 8 miles of dunes have been fortified, with upwards of 400,000 tons of sand. The total project length is 11.38 miles. Sea oats and four other plants have been planted on more than 5.5 miles of dunes.

Varn Park reopened Oct. 29, and staff is asking park users to please stay off the sand pile that remains for future work.

MalaCompra Park, Old Salt Park (at the end of 16th Road) and Jungle Hut Park are fully open.

Dunes have been constructed from the northern end of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park to a half-mile south of Varn Park. People, dogs and horses are prohibited from walking on dunes.

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