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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to include more resiliency measures in future beach nourishment projects in an effort to save money and protect residents. However, a proposal to include 10-foot high dunes along beaches in St. Pete Beach, shown, and Treasure Island has given city and county leaders concerns.

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Measures among alternatives Corps hopes would maximize protection, minimize future cost

The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the season was found May 6 on Pass-A-Grille beach, and city and county officials have a question for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

How, exactly, are baby sea turtles supposed to climb over 10-foot dunes to reach the water? Actually, that was just one of many questions and concerns staff members from St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and Pinellas County had when the Army Corps earlier this month sought their approval to move forward with a tentative study to reauthorize storm-damage reduction projects for an additional 50 years.

Federal participation of the projects that feature sand nourishment expires in 2025 for Treasure Island and 2030 for Long Key, which includes Upham and Pass-a-Grille beaches.

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