Beach renourishment project’s price tag grows by more than $1.1 million

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The current price tag for the 6-mile beach restoration project has grown by more than $1.1 million after the Board of County Commissioners approved two change orders to the project.

Ranger Construction, the contractor, will receive an extra $439,000. The company asked for another $545,409 but county staff asked commissioners to hold off on approving the request until it received more information.  

The remaining $545,409 is expected to come before the board at next week’s commission meeting.

Coastal Technology, the project consultant, also received an extra $738,468 for additional costs it did not expect to incur due to added monitoring work regulatory agencies are now requiring.

With the approval of the change orders, the current budget for the beach project stands at just under $13 million – not counting the $545,409 Ranger is still requesting.

Also not taken into account is the cost associated with an additional 109,000 cubic yards of sand the first phase of the project will need, which was discovered after a beach survey was done in January.

That expense is estimated between $1.5 million and $2 million, county staff said.

This article will be updated.

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