In early 2015, Stewart Materials successfully supplied nearly 400,000 tons of custom beach sand for two projects in Palm Beach County, Florida. 338,495 tons of Stewart Materials beach sand was placed on Jupiter Beach. 56,183 tons were placed south of the Jupiter project, on Singer Island. Environmental stewards first, working closely with municipal officials Stewart Materials’ beach renourishment projects are always to begin and conclude outside sea turtle nesting season.
Over the course of 105 working days, sand was placed on the stretch of Jupiter Beach from just north of Jupiter Beach Resort to the southernmost tip of Carlin Park. For the Singer Island project, Stewart Materials’ sand was placed immediately south of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, and continues for one mile south. Placement occurred over 35 working days. Palm Beach County’s Environmental Program Supervisor for the Shoreline Enhancement & Restoration Program, Michael Stahl, comments, “It is becoming more and more complicated to find suitable offshore borrow sites.” He continued, “We’ve used upland sources many times in the past for dune restoration. This is the first time we’ve used an upland source for renourishment.” In the ultimate measure of success, he concluded, “Stewart Materials’ materials met our specification. They delivered the capacity to produce the projects on time.”
Stewart Materials’ Founder Nick Stewart commented, “These large volume, complex renourishment projects are our specialty. The successful delivery of the project required flawless execution from everyone involved.” More and more municipalities are confidently turning to inland sources to supply large-scale renourishment projects. For many Florida beaches, Stewart Materials’ inland sources prove a cost efficient, environmentally and functionally superior alternative to traditional offshore sources.