The High Costs Of Beach Renourishment

Separated from Anna Maria Island to the north by Longboat Pass, Longboat Key is a ten mile long barrier island located on the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Caption USGS and Photo source: ©© fortinbras


“The beach is in trouble once again,” said north end resident Gene Jaleski.

The sand at the newly renourished North Shore Road beach access is already eroding after its completion in May 2011, and an escarpment, or drop off, has formed at the beach access area.

Public Works Director Juan Florensa said he did not yet have any numbers reflecting the total sand lost, but that Public Works employees are surveying the area and will have some estimates by the end of November. Florensa also said that Public Works staff have posted ‘caution’ signs and tape so that beachgoers are aware of the sand drop-off and will be redirected to a safe path to the shoreline.

The north end interim beach renourishment project was completed in May 2011 at a cost of $4.5 million and placed 133,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach between just south of Broadway Street beach access to just north of the North Shore Road beach access…

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