South Conn Beach to close Wednesday for dune work in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH – The southern portion of Conn Beach, along with the boardwalk, will be closed for a few days starting Wednesday as contractors work to restore the dune.

“This was an area we had been watching,” said Vero Beach Interim Assistant Public Works Director Don Dexter.  

He explained that the City of Vero Beach budgets $30,000 every year for such projects. The work at Conn Beach  is expected to come in at just under $10,000.

“We made it through the last hurricane season, thank goodness,” Dexter said.

The work is expected to take a couple days and be wrapped up before the weekend. ContractorMancil’s Tractor Service, Inc. of Stuart, Fla., plans to place between 400 and 500 cubic yards of sand on the dune along the boardwalk where wind and water have eroded the sand.

Dexter does not anticipate any other beach closures for dune restoration.

“We check the beaches at Humiston, Conn and Jaycee” after storm and other similar events.

While beachgoers will be asked to stay away from the southernmost 200 to 300 feet of Conn Beach, Dexter said they can walk along the water.

“Exercise caution” in the area, he added.

Heavy equipment will be in use and the affected area will be considered a construction zone. Dexter said there will be signs up warning of the working being done and there will either be caution tape or orange construction fencing around the area to keep people out.

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