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Pinellas beaches seem to have escaped without major erosion issues

While an official analysis of Hurricane Irma's impact on beach erosion is not yet available, early indications show some optimism.

"We didn't get a huge storm surge like we feared, so I don't think we have much of a problem with erosion," said Alan Johnson, mayor of St. Pete Beach, historically a problem area. "We did not fare too badly."

The erosion from Hurricane Hermine in 2016, in comparison, was the worst in almost a decade, according to county beach experts.

A $9.5 million effort to slow erosion at Upham Beach began in August, which includes installing rock T-groins. The structures are meant to prevent the loss of sand and protect the vulnerable beach against storms.

Pinellas County secured $30 million in May for beach renourishment projects on 10.5 miles of Sand Key, Upham Beach and Treasure Island. The federal projects are administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pinellas beaches seem to have escaped without major erosion issues 09/14/17 [Last modified: Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:19pm]
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