Sunday, October 15, 2006

beach renourishment without the ugly pipes?

Came across this article about a guy in Florida who has proposed an interesting alternative to dredging/piping sand and is looking for investors to build the prototype. The system would be used year-round and would utilize a "blower" on barges in the water and a "catcher" on the beach. The town could purchase the equipment and employ local workers to fill in the narrow spots as they appear, with less expense and less inconvenience to the beach users.

Worth a read, I think.



Blogger Sam said...

This is the third "news of the weird" beach building story I have heard from the Bradenton-Sarasota Florida area. Previously, a fellow had designed a water pump system to reduce beach erosion near Sarasota Inlet, which was eroding at an alarming rate. In theory, by sucking the water out of the sands, more would accumulate. It did not work as advertized.

Folks, all these scams are like cold fusion in a coffee cup. I have written many times how a hopper dredge could be used to put the right kind of sand in the right places. Apparently, I'm pissing in the wind.

I can tell you that the last two or three beach restoration projects have been a horrible waste of taxpayer money - in spite of all the awards and such. That's because 80 percent of the sands went to exactly where we don't need it - from Oleander Street south to the Jetties. That part is accreting, getting bigger.

Only about a mile of beach got the sand where it was needed, roughly and area between Oleander Street and the Wanna Wanna / Iverness. I mean, come on folks, this is sheer stupidity! Wake up!

When can people get the facts and do the right thing? We need the beach sand between Oleander Street and north of La Quinta. No way are a few truckloads of beach sand going to compare to a few hundred thousand yards of dredged marine sands.

And know what? We've probably lost our "window of opportunity" for this dredging seaon, which runs from November through February. I am quite upset about all this.

/Sam "Dammit" Wells

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