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Title: Mount Sinai Medical Center, Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Section 14, Project : Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District
Keywords: Shore protection
Beach erosion
Mount Sinai Medical Center (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: This study was conducted under the authority of Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended, which authorizes the study, design, and construction of small projects for streambank and shoreline erosion protection of public works and non-profit public services. Section 14 is designed to implement projects to protect public facilities and facilities owned by non-profit organizations used to provide public services that are open to all on equal terms. These facilities must have been properly maintained but be in imminent threat of damage or failure by natural erosion processes on stream banks and shorelines, and are essential and important enough to merit Federal participation in their protection. The Mount Sinai Medical Center is a major medical institution that serves not only the citizens of the City of Miami Beach, but offers a wide array of services to hundreds of thousands of people in the greater Miami metropolitan area (Miami Herald, 2016). The medical center is the only hospital facility on a barrier island and maintains emergency services and shelter for critically ill patients during disasters. The center is also an Essential Services facility and a disaster coordination point. The facility is unable to fully evacuate all patients during disasters and must shelter in place, as well as provide critical support to the population remaining on the island and other facilities with emergency needs. Currently, during extreme high tide events, the bayside seawall (approximately 3,500 feet long) is overtopped by tides and waves. Overtopping and resulting inundation drives erosion and subsidence of land behind the wall threatening vulnerable facilities including a perimeter road and parking facilities which are critical to the center’s operations. Continued erosion will result in failure of portions, or all, of the existing seawall. Such failure would impact the perimeter road and vulnerable parking, negatively affecting the daily operations of the medical center, limiting access to the Emergency Department, hospital facilities, and potentially causing life risk.
Description: Feasibility Report/Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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