The photo of the north end of Longboat Key, after an emergency sand-renourishment project was performed in June 2011, shows a wide beach that connects Beer Can Island to Longboat Key. Photos courtesy of the town of Longboat Key.
Just a year after emergency sand was placed on the north end of Longboat Key, Tropical Storms Debby and Isaac swept away most of the sand on the north end. Beer Can Island is now disconnected from Longboat Key at high tide.
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This is the result of a poor planning decision. Initially, the structures were built too close to the beach.
Let the beach migrate,save the money, and modify the code to allow for a rebuild on adjacent open spaces. Donate a portion now unnecessary $6.2M Sand/Structures fund to the relocation of the units.
The defense of maintaining this bluff will be constant burden on LBK financial resources.
Lets be open to discussion on how to improve the last great untouched asset on the Gulf Coast.