ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. --Just a month after St. Johns County finished a major renourishment project that cost millions of dollars, beadchgoers are noticing a lot of erosion at St. Augustine Beach. As Sandy blew past Florida she churned up the surf on the First Coast.
When the county finished its $14 million renourishment program in September, Assistant County Engineer Andrew Ames said more than two million cubic yards of sand was put on the beach from A Street north to Anastasia State Park.
Beverly Blose, a St. Augustine resident, has watched the beach erode away this week.
"In two days actually the pier poles, it (the beach) went from five and now starting to go back to the seventh one," Blose said. "From the fifth pole to the seventh one it's all gone out."
Andy Carey, a St. Augustine Beach resident said, "The storm probably took...back 40 to 50 feet."
The huge waves have drawn big crowd this weekend including a lot of surfers, but some residents are concerned they are washing away taxpayer money.
Aldona Dante said, "As much as I appreciate the fact we spent millions of dollars in order to save the houses and tourism in this area, it seems like there needs to be some kind of better solution to the beach erosion than what they've done blowing all that sand."
Other beachgoers are pleased with the investment.
Carey said, "I think it's something they had to do, and they actually said the purpose of the way they spread all of the sand was to alter the natural erosion to bring it down the beach, so instead of pushing sand equally all the way down the beach they piled it up high and are letting the hydraulics of the ocean bring it down the beach."
Resident Al Bodnar said the renourishment project has also help reduce the risk of flooding.
"I think it was a good idea because I think as word gets out it's going to attract a lot more tourism business....and that will add sales tax dollars to the tax base," said Bodnar.
First Coast News