It's not a permanent solution, but sandbags are being placed all along Vilano Beach to provide some protection from storms.
Following Hurricane Dorian, this area along State Road A1A was temporarily shut down. It reopened a matter of hours later, but the area is still concern for some. In the past, it was damaged greatly from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.
“You see some vulnerable gaps that are still there, that are challenges for us that we face," said Neil Shrinke, St. John's County Public Works Director.
Private property sits between the ocean and A1A.
The county's options are limited in how they can prevent overflows like the one following Hurricane Dorian.
“We’ll continue to work with the state, we’ll continue to work with them to see if they can provide, some temporary protective measures as you see that have been done here,” Shinkre said.
For now, sandbags remain, but Shinkre is looking forward to June 2020 when the county will begin a 2020 beach renourishment project. The goal is to add 60-to-80-feet of beach every 10 years for 50 years.
“It’s an issue that the city can only do so much and the homeowners can do so much," Evan Jordan said.
Property manager Evan Jordan has seen washouts like this one following Dorian before.
Following Matthew and Irma’s devastation in Vilano Beach, close to 600 permits were granted to build seawalls. The reality though for those that don’t have these walls, however, is that mother nature creates erosion in the places without the barriers.
“The wait until 2020 is not going to be a fun one, it’s safe to say," Jordan said. “You need that extra 60-to-80-feet of sand just to give yourself a little barrier then you can come in and protect yourself with the seawall,” Shinkre said.
Jordan is looking forward to the county’s renourishment plan but hopes the county can come up with something in the meantime.