Posted on April 17, 2023
Beach renourishment efforts in Flagler County took a major hit from the same high-pressure system that’s caused problems all along Florida’s east coast.
Flagler County’s engineer tells News 6 that the county lost about 50% of the sand placed on the beach two months ago to replenish dunes hit hard by hurricanes Ian and Nicole last year.
The county was awarded $17 million from a Florida fund to support beach erosion projects back in January.
A high-pressure system in the Atlantic caused heavy winds and unusually high waves along the Central Florida coast.
In Volusia County, the high tide has caused breaks in the temporary dams put in place along the shore to help with beach erosion and protect fragile seawalls.
It’s a major setback in a county that is racing to shore up the coast before the start of turtle nesting season May 1, when work will have to be put on hold.
While a coastal flood warning is over, rough surf will still affect the coast and could further impact beach erosion.