Reformulation Efforts for Panama City Beaches, Florida

by Cheryl Phanstiel Ulrich, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The Panama City Beaches project was authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986. The authorized plan provides for the placement of a protective beach to elevation 4 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a storm berm to elevation 7 feet NGVD, together providing a 110-foot wide beach. This project will establish an artificial dune system having a top width of 30 feet at elevation 15 feet NGVD and stabilized by vegetation, for the area between Philips Inlet and the Panama City Harbor entrance channel, a distance of about 18.5 miles. Due to the long time that has elapsed since the last formulation effort (March 1976 Feasibility Study), significant changes in policy resulting from the 1986 and 1988 Water Resources Development Acts, and the advances in the coastal engineering field, a reformulation effort is being performed. Reformulation includes a rescoping of the study effort required for this project. The study effort includes investigations to optimize the engineering design, minimize project cost and maximize economic and environmental benefits. This paper will describe the interrelationships of the coastal and economic analyses used for this project.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Coastal management | Beaches | Developing countries | Urban and regional development | Municipal water | Project management | Beach protection and nourishment | Panama | Central America | Florida | United States

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