Gulf of Mexico beach protects & rebuilds with Sandsaver

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most frequently sought after destinations for a growing variety of tourists and vacation seekers.  Nearly 3,500 miles of coastline extend across the Gulf of Mexico between the United States and Mexico.  Hotels, Resorts, restaurants and more all benefit to the tune of billions of dollars in economic impact each year in revenues across Gulf of Mexico tourist destinations.  Each year, numerous beach re-nourishment projects take place in the Gulf of Mexico, attempting to protect and re-build beach front property.  

Gulf of Mexico Sandsaver Installation

A private property owner was granted a permitted Sandsaver installation in August of 2019 on an intracoastal waterway on the Gulf of Mexico.  Approximately 75 feet of width of Sandsaver modules were installed between a previously existing breakwater and a private pier.  Due to the property’s location on the intracoastal waterway, the surf at the location was minimal, even during high tide.  On most occasions, the surf at this location is less than 6 inches in height.    Because of the low surf conditions, special consideration and placement of the Sandsaver modules was necessary.  

Sandsavers about to be installed on the Gulf of Mexico

The Sandsaver modules were each filled with 1 yard of concrete and put into position, utilizing heavy equipment, straps and manpower. While the strength of the tide was not the driving force as it has been in other Sandsaver installations, the concrete was necessary in this particular instance due to the regular storm and hurricane threat occurrences.

Sandsaver module installation into the Gulf of Mexico


Sandsavers lined up and installed in the Gulf of Mexico

Once the beach erosion solution was installed in the Gulf of Mexico, the waiting game of surf carrying sand to the beach side of the modules begins. While a noticeable amount of sand was starting to accumulate day after day, around 10 weeks it was noted that roughly 50% of most of the modules were nearly covered on the beach side of the Sandsaver modules. The modules also show significant signs of sand accumulation on the surf side of the modules as well. The beach erosion solution was already showing great signs of rebuilding the beach front property and protecting what little currently existed.

Gulf of Mexico Sandsaver modules half covered
Sandsaver modules in Gulf of Mexico around 50% coverage in Sand already

The Sandsaver­­ modules continue to accrete sand on both sides of the modules since installation. They have performed extremely well thru a number of tropical storm systems and spin-off storms from other hurricane systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Typically, these storms increase tide activity which is usually a detriment for most beach front locations without a system such as Sandsaver in place. So far, the increased wave activity and energy during storms has only increased the Sandsaver systems ability to act as a beach erosion solution during these periods and actually increase sand accumulation in comparison to normal activity. See the image from August of 2020 and the Sandsaver Gulf of Mexico Beach Erosion Solution Photo Gallery below for more images including installation and before the Sandsaver beach erosion barriers.

Gulf of Mexico Sandsaver Beach Erosion Installation Current

Gulf of Mexico Beach Erosion Solution Photo Gallery

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