Great Lakes
Warwick Shores on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan residents fear that beach erosion, and costs to slow it, are far from over

What once was a source of relaxation has become increasingly stressful for homeowners along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The latest gale on Oct. 16 generated massive winds and waves, causing significant erosion along the coast. Large chunks of beach and dunes disappeared in the latest storm, and property owners are worried that the problems are far from over.

Perhaps as much as 200 feet of dune disappeared at the Warwick Shores condominium development, just south of New Buffalo, despite the spending of millions of dollars on a massive revetment made of protective boulders.

But the October storm and other recent gales generated waves that have crashed over the revetment, causing additional erosion. A piece of a community deck overlooking the lake, as well as a stairway leading to the protective rocks, already are in jeopardy.

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