FL - Application says St. Augustine Beach dunes were excavated because of 'constant sand issues'

The project's consultant writes the homeowners wanted to create a more natural shape to the dune to stabilize the sand.

Signs along St. Augustine Beach state dunes can’t even be walked on, which is why many residents are confused as to how the Department of Environmental Protection allowed them to be excavated.

First Coast News obtained the homeowner's application for the permit issued by the DEP.

Within the application, Kevin Partel, the project’s consultant, wrote the homeowners have had a constant issue with sand and windblown material after the wind blew migratory sands landward. He wrote these "unusual circumstances" altered the sand migration process, such as an elongated beach, and surrounding homes have a more seaward line of construction.

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