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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020 4 weeks ago

FDOT installs sand fence in Ormond-by-the-Sea

Also in City Watch: Planning Board to host workshop on U.S. 1
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

If you’ve taken State Road A1A in Ormond-by-the-Sea recently, chances are you’ve seen the posts. 

The Florida Department of Transportation has installed slatted wood sand fencing at the intersection at Spanish Waters Drive, and has plans to continue up in sections to Highbridge Road, a 1.75-mile project aiming to re-stabilize the sand dunes and mitigate sand erosion, said FDOT Community Outreach Specialist Mariam Ali in an email. 

The project is slated to coat $109,543 and is estimated to be completed this summer. FDOT doesn’t anticipate any lane closures or detours. Each sand fence will be 4 feet tall. 

“Over time, he permanent sand fencing will fill up the sand dunes and will cover up most of the fence,” Ali said.

No dunes will be destroyed during the project, Ali continued. The contractor, Glacier Contracting Inc., will only remove the old fence. Some vegetation may be lost if it is intertwined in the old fencing. Ali said no herbicides have been used and that the contractor is taking “special care to avoid disruption of vegetation when possible.” 

More vegetation will be added once the project is done.

“This is vital maintenance for a coastal roadway as the fencing adds necessary enforcement to further protect the dunes and roadway,” Ali said.

Election Day library closures

The Ormond Beach Regional Library will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, due to Florida’s presidential primary election. It will be used as a voting site, Volusia County announced. 

For information on other branches, visit

Williamson project gets grant

Widening Williamson Boulevard from Strickland Range Road to LPGA Boulevard from two to four lanes will cost the county less, as Volusia has received a $1.9 million Florida Job Growth grant.

Previously allocated gas tax funds will be used for other transportation projects, according to the documents in the County Council’s March 3 agenda. 

The county match totals about $2.9 million.

Planning Board to tackle U.S. 1

The Planning Board will be holding a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the City Commission conference room no. 103, to discuss the North U.S. 1 corridor. 

According to the workshop documents, this corridor serves as the northernmost gateway into both the county and the city, and the commission has worked to revitalize the area to eliminate blight and promote economic development.

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