Jacksonville, FL - Our beaches will have to wait.
It's the latest word from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, when it comes to the Duval County shore project.
The project is meant to renourish the sand at Jacksonville, Atlantic, and Neptune Beaches, as well as fix the erosion caused by Hurricane Matthew.
That additional dune-work was funded by the City of Jacksonville, but on December 3rd the contractor will take a break and won't return to complete the work until May 1st, 2017.
Project manager Jason Harrah says that's because the contractor, Great Lakes, has other commitments.
Harrah explains, "Great Lakes has other projects up and down the eastern seaboard that they must go attend to, that they are contractually required to go to."
Once that work is complete, Great Lakes will come back to our beaches to finish the project, which they hope to have completely done by July 1st, or at least before the 2017 hurricane season.
Even with the gap in work, Harrah tells us the project should still fall within the $6.5 million originally expected.
During this time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will be especially important to stay off the dunes, as they will be fragile.