Cleanup Continues in Playalinda District of Canaveral National Seashore

Aerial photo credit FWS

TITUSVILLE, FL - Canaveral National Seashore is slowly recovering from widespread damage due to Hurricane Nicole. The boardwalks are heavily impacted, depositing large amounts of wooden debris along the shoreline, according to a press release from the National Park Service. Some of the boardwalks had complete destruction, while some had minor damage. Demolition on the most heavily damaged boardwalks is scheduled to begin the week of December 12, 2022. They are also working to identify which of the most heavily damaged boardwalks will be greeted to natural walking paths for future beach access.

Playalinda Beach remains closed. Hurricane Nicole had substantial impacts on the dune system and coastal ecosystem. Large amounts of sand were deposited on roadways and parking lots. The entire protective dune was destroyed in some places along the beach road. The park continues to work on moving and planning for continued natural resource protection in the altered environment.

“The park is in the process of consulting with experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and others to determine any impacts wildlife and the best path forward for habitat conservation as we begin to clear the sand off the roadway and parking lots,” said Kristen Kneifl, Resource Management Specialist for Canaveral National Seashore.

Updates on recovery operations will be provided as more information becomes available. Visitors should obey all park closures and safety messaging.

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Photo by National Park Service

Stel Bailey

Stel Bailey, a cancer cluster survivor and environmental health advocate, is a researcher and journalist with more than two decades of multimedia experience, having been published globally.

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