Beach Drive Coastal Resiliency Project
In late 2019 and in response to increasing lake levels, Village staff worked with our consultants to document the shoreline erosion and damage that was occurring along Beach Drive (predominantly along the road sections). Between mid-October 2019 and early December 2019, portions of the shoreline had eroded up to seven (7) feet due to the impacts from the higher lake levels, wind and wave action. In November 2019, staff began working with Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) to prepare and submit a grant application to FEMA that would assist in creating a more resilient environment along the shoreline. The application was submitted to FEMA at the end of January 2020 and in mid-summer 2020 we were informed that the Beach Drive Coastal Resiliency Project was selected by FEMA for funding.
Since that time, staff has been working with our initial consultants and WEM to provide clarifying information and materials to FEMA as they continued their review of the project. In June, we were informed that the Programmatic Environmental Assessment was completed by FEMA, a requirement for projects that will be funded over $1 million, and that is now going through the Large Project Notification process before being officially awarded.
Anticipating that the project will be funded in part by FEMA (under the grant application, it is anticipated they will cover 75% of the costs which is estimated to be in excess of $1.5 million), staff began the selection process for a consultant to complete the preliminary design. The consultant, MSA, was selected by the Village Board earlier this year and has been developing concepts to be considered by residents along Beach Drive as well as all stakeholders in the Village. The first step in this process is to conduct a Public Information Meeting (PIM) in order to solicit input on the proposed project. The PIM will be held on August 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Village Board Room located at 7200 North Santa Monica Boulevard. A virtual component will be provided for those who wish to participate online and that information is provided below.
Prior to the PIM, MSA has prepared two separate websites as part of the project and the public input process.
• The first website is the Beach Drive Coastal Resiliency Project Story Map (https://arcg.is/1uP89C). This site provides the reader with information on the project timeline, existing compared to past conditions, and an inventory of photos taken during the 2019-2020 time period where the shoreline suffered damage and our contractors provided temporary stabilization of the shoreline.
• The second website is the Project Concept Board. The Concept Board website, when active, will allow the reader to view the current concepts, including cross sections and images, and add their comments to each area. The reader can zoom in to each of the particular concept boards then scroll to the different boards using the window in the lower left corner of the website. Adding your comments to the concept boards prior to the PIM is helpful to both staff and our consultant. We anticipate the concept board will be available the week of July 26, 2021.
Please check back to this page regularly for updates on the project. For those that wish to participate via Zoom, the information is provided below:
Meeting ID: 878 6637 3132
Call Number: 312 626 6799