The problem with beach nourishment

Beach nourishment is another chapter in the never-ending tale of erosion.

Lido Key Beach has seen better days.

In the spring of 2018, the city commission in Sarasota, Florida, declared a beach erosion emergency after repeated beatings from Hurricane Irma and Subtropical Storm Alberto reduced the wide, sandy beach to a narrow strip. The damage to the beach was an “immediate and ongoing threat” to property and infrastructure near the shore.

The emergency plan requested state and federal funds to help rebuild the beach with approximately 150,000 to 200,000 cubic yards of sand.

Lido Key is your classic coastal resort city, filled with high-rise condos and nightlife. Like many coastal communities, its residents and business owners depend on the beach economy.

Which is why they are taking action to defend their beach from the effects of critical erosion. And they are doing it with one of the most popular strategies for coastal defense: beach nourishment.

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