Currently 2 Responses
- SAVE BEER CAN ISLAND OR NOT?
I have walked from Whitney Beach to Beer Can (Greer) Island along the Gulf beach since 1992 and in the last 10 years or so have seen most of the beach and Australian Pines wash away due to sand erosion. I am writing you now in response to a recent op-ed and letter to the editor in a recent LBK paper.
I’ve been following the beach re-nourishment and Beer Can Island problem for years. Many residents and visitors walk and enjoy the unique natural habitat of Beer Can. Do many residents and visitors want to save the rest of the beautiful, natural North End of Longboat Key? I think so.
A year ago I wrote a letter to a local newspaper about the success story of adding a second jetty to the Barnegat Inlet in New Jersey. The jetty totally solved the inlet and erosion problem there, including saving the Barnegat Lighthouse!
There are some local residents and some LBK and county commissioners who are against a second jetty on the south side of the Longboat Pass, saying that it would not work and would destroy the “natural” environment, I’m not a jetty fan, but if a south jetty is not installed soon there will not be any natural environment or Beer Can Island left to see! It will be washed away!
In a recent local newspaper article against jetties, a long list of “experts” say that jettys don’t work. My Comment: There are hundreds of two jetty inlets built and operating successfully in the country and just as many organizations that report on their success.
There have been many studies done by private companies and government agencies regarding the pros and cons of single and double jettys. From my reading and actual observation the success at Barnegat Inlet and the failure at LBK, and as a practical engineer, a second jetty stabilizes the channel and protects the adjacent barrier islands or keys.
I hope logic prevails and we move swiftly toward following the recommendations of our town consultants and install a second jetty at Longboat Pass and save Beer Can Island.
I also hope that you and the commissioners follow through and re-nourish the beach in the future with white sand regardless of cost.
Longboat Key, FL
North Beach, NJ
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