Dune Doctors is a Pensacola, Florida based company familiar with the risk of storm related damage, and routinely works with clients to create a proactive storm resiliency plan before the next storm hits.

Owner, Frederique Beroset says, “Most Floridians would not think to wait until the day before a storm to fuel their car or buy supplies; so in the same way, waiting to react after a storm is just as costly.” Since the cost of insurance and the related deductibles has steadily increased over past storm seasons, people are understanding the heightened need to include a long-term Dune Master Plan™ in their storm preparations. Not only is a proactive approach to a resilient dune ecosystem good for the protection of a property it also improves the aesthetics for visitors to the beach.

Preservation

…is the quickest improvement to enhance aesthetics and is typically the least expensive dune resiliency option for our clients. It is the foundation for all other elements of the Dune Master Plan™, therefore we call it Phase 1.

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How is Phase 1 performed?

DUNE DOCTORS WILL:

  • Evaluate the current health of the ecosystem
  • Remove invasive and dead vegetation
  • Clear unwanted trash and debris
  • Apply specially formulated dune-specific fertilizer (if needed)
  • Install restoration signage to prevent trespassing
  • Recommend appropriate steps for dune management and property protection

What does Phase 1 success look like?

THE CLIENT CAN EXPECT:

  • A root system in the core of the dune that is deeper, stronger and more resilient to surge
  • A healthier ecosystem that promotes native species
  • A reduction in risk from fire and pests due to a reduction in dead vegetation
  • A safer space for visitors by removing hazardous trash and debris
  • A more vibrant and aesthetically pleasing dune with plants eager to propagate
  • A clearly defined area that encourages restoration and protection by visitors
  • A dedicated Dune Doctors’ team available to consult or respond as needed

When can Phase 1 occur?

THE BEST TIME IS:

  • Preservation can be performed anytime during the year, but because fertilization is involved we encourage clients to schedule well in advance of their perceived need.

Protection

…is the core of coastal resiliency in a Dune Master Plan™. This vital second phase involves fortifying the property’s coastal defenses. The key goal of protection is to mitigate damage by creating a new sand bank.

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How is Phase 2 performed?

DUNE DOCTORS WILL:

  • Evaluate the risk for blow-out points in the dune structure
  • Evaluate pedestrian/vehicle traffic solutions like barriers and boardwalks
  • Remove old or failed dune accretion structures
  • Install turtle-friendly sand fence structures
  • Install a variety of native coastal vegetation to promote sand dunes
  • Install dune restoration alerts and no trespassing signage
  • Recommend appropriate steps for dune management and property protection

What does Phase 2 success look like?

THE CLIENT CAN EXPECT:

  • A new primary fence line and sacrificial dune barrier in 3-5 years
  • A regulatory-compliant plan to control damaging pedestrian and vehicle traffic
  • A reduction in risk from storm surge due to sandbanking
  • A buffer for the more established dunes and structures on the upland parcel
  • A natural defense with a variety of vibrant native plants along the fence line
  • A more resilient coastal defense system that can integrate with neighbors
  • A dedicated Dune Doctors’ team available to consult or respond as needed

When can Phase 2 occur?

THE BEST TIME IS:

  • Proactive planning is the key. The Federal Sea Turtle Nesting Season is highly regulated in order to prevent damage to turtle eggs buried in the sand; therefore, in many areas protection activity must only occur between the months of November 1st and April 30th.

Optimization

…is an additional, yet important step in helping Mother Nature quickly recover. In this third phase of the Dune Master Plan™ we assess and address risk factors.

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How is Phase 3 performed?

DUNE DOCTORS WILL:

  • Evaluate the risk from erosion
  • Survey the type and health of native and non-native vegetation species
  • Customize a solution (if needed consult partners) and prioritize the response
  • Install eco-friendly sand fence structures
  • Install a variety of native coastal vegetation to promote sand dunes
  • Recommend appropriate steps for future management

What does Phase 3 success look like?

THE CLIENT CAN EXPECT:

  • A new hardscape design tasked to promote sand accretion and limit erosion
  • A regulatory-compliant plan to mitigate damage
  • A more effective sandbanking system
  • A buffer for the more established ecosystem/structures on the upland parcel
  • A natural defense with a variety of vibrant native plants
  • A more resilient coastal defense that integrates with the surrounding property
  • A dedicated Dune Doctors’ team available to consult or respond as needed

When can Phase 3 occur?

THE BEST TIME IS:

  • Proactive planning is the key. Optimization, in order to comply with Federal Turtle Nesting Season, should occur between NOVEMBER and APRIL*. The nesting season is highly regulated in order to prevent damage to turtle eggs buried in the sand.

Maintenance

…is a proactive plan to initiate a long-term dune management program. Since success favors the prepared, this phase acknowledges an ever-present threat to our coastal dunes.

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How is Phase 4 performed?

DUNE DOCTORS WILL:

  • Perform four yearly site visits
  • Evaluate dune health by surveying vegetation vitality
  • Inspect the integrity of dune protection and barrier structures
  • Remove trash and invasive vines to promote propagation of native species
  • Add a variety of native coastal plants
  • Apply twice a year (if needed) a coastal, dune-specific fertilizer
  • Trim dead flower stalks once annually
  • Make recommendations to maintain and enhance proper dune health

What does Phase 4 success look like?

THE CLIENT CAN EXPECT:

  • A routine maintenance schedule, and on call fee-for-service visits upon request
  • A healthy and thriving native-ecosystem, with a deep root web
  • A clean dune surface, monitored routinely for man-made trash and hazards
  • An ongoing vegetation upgrade to beautify the dune with new plants yearly
  • An annual Dune Health Report detailing status and recommendations (upon request)
  • A more resilient coastal defense system that can integrate with neighbors
  • A dedicated Dune Doctors’ team available to consult or respond as needed

When can Phase 4 occur?

THE BEST TIME IS:

  • Maintenance is an annual cycle. Please note that requirements and restrictions apply to annual maintenance, read full disclosure.