Thursday, August 14, 2014

Town agrees to stick with Midtown Beach plan, despite objections

The Town of Palm Beach considers different qualities of sand in its efforts for beach renourishment. Click title for link to article. The Lake Worth beach may eventually get some sand from what they refer to as "Reach 8" - that is renourishment around the Phipps Ocean Park area.
Despite strong objections from South End residents regarding sand quality and quantity, the Town Council agreed Tuesday to move forward with plans for Midtown Beach nourishment and interim protection for southern beaches.
Last month, the council approved a $17.6 million project to place about 918,500 cubic yards of sand on Midtown Beach, and of that amount, truck haul about 130,000 cubic yards to the South End for partial nourishment at Phipps Ocean Park and dune restoration in Reach 8.
Some residents think the town would provide better protection using inland mined sand for the 42,000 cubic yards of dune restoration in Reach 8 instead of a finer grain size sand dredged from a borrow area off Singer Island.
[Later in article]
The council decided some protection is better than no protection and that it’s more financially responsible to use sand dredged offshore than mined inland.
“We understand that it’s not going to do the trick,” said council member Richard Kleid. “I’m nervous if we have a storm and do nothing we could really be criticized. We have to go forward with the program and hope we don’t have a big storm.”