Gulf of Mexico
Orange County Register/SCNG

FL - Taking action against sand erosion at Orange County beaches

This Memorial Day weekend, thousands of families and visitors will enjoy our beautiful Orange County beaches. They’ll walk the pier and surf at Huntington Beach, build a bonfire in Newport Beach and enjoy sand volleyball in Seal Beach.

This Memorial Day weekend, thousands of families and visitors will enjoy our beautiful Orange County beaches. They’ll walk the pier and surf at Huntington Beach, build a bonfire in Newport Beach and enjoy sand volleyball in Seal Beach. More than 50 million people visited Orange County in 2018, bringing in $13 billion in revenue. We live in the most beautiful place in the entire country, and it’s up to us to protect it for generations to come.

That’s why we are working together with local stakeholders to bring awareness to an issue that is affecting our coastline every single day. Sand erosion threatens the safety of people, wildlife and vital infrastructure. For years, we have warned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and federal officials that a lack of action would have a direct and potentially devastating impact on our community.

Every major and minor storm diminishes the protective buffer between the Pacific Ocean and our homes, businesses, and public areas. Some areas have less than 100 feet of sand protecting them from the ocean. In July 2020, strong ocean waves combined with a high tide event in Newport Beach overpowered the coastline and flooded surrounding areas, including neighborhoods and parking lots. Officials had to rescue more than one hundred people and worked fast to limit the destabilizing impacts. That day the beach was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But had 2020 been a normal year, the beach would have been full.

Read more.