“It’s a critical situation,” said Palm Beach Town Manager Peter Elwell. “We have identified it as ‘highest priority’ in town.”
“The eroded beach spans a half-mile strip between Sunrise Avenue and Wells Road — a beach frequented by locals and their dogs. The erosion began in October after Hurricane Sandy, traveling north but well offshore, produced waves that caused erosion. Coupled with the usual winter nor’easters, the beach went from narrow-but-stable to critically eroded, Elwell said.
While some beaches recover, “it’s often hard to recover naturally” once a beach becomes so unstable, Elwell said. The erosion is so severe that the public access easements along the beach had to be closed because the dropoff is as much as 10 feet.
“It is just not safe to use them at this point,” Elwell said.
Although the town has identified the beach as its top renourishment priority, no rebuilding can be done until Nov. 1, when sea-turtle nesting season email@example.com Twitter: @StapletonPBPost