3 A Jacksonville Beach man says the rash of nor'easters we've had in recent months has stirred up NEW worries he has: He says he can't HELP but notice ...the dunes on local beaches aren't substantial enough to protect the area ... in a major hurricane. He's speaking out .. saying ... the dunes need to be better maintained. And he's finding a Neptune Beach city leader agrees with him. Channel 4's Elizabeth Campbell spoke with BOTH of them... she's joining us LIVE from the beach with more ...Elizabeth? 3 3 As you can see these dunes don't look very big. Mark Swann says in the event of a major hurricane -- not only would his first floor condo be wiped out, but everything within a 5 mile radius could possibly be lost. 00-0530-35SOT - 4005 theres no way were going to stop a 28 foot surge but how about a 5 foot surge or 20 foot surge now that's starts to be doableTRACK - Mark Swann loves taking walks on the beach -- and he wants to do whatever he can to protect it.He says he's not a beach or dune expert -- but that it's not hard to notice that the dunes in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach -- are just not strong enough to withhold a major hurricane or storm surge.SOT - 4043 they are vital infrastructure and with infrastructure you need to maintain them you have to set certain standards and keep coming backTRACK - Coastal engineer and consultant for the city -- Dr. Kevin Bodge -- says the dunes ARE maintained and that Swann has legitimate concerns -- adding the dunes we have wouldn't protect the city from a category 4 or 5 hurricane. But he says the dunes are never overlooked. The Dunes Project was started in the early 1990's by the city and the Corps of Engineers regularly evaluates and maintains them. Swann believes they need to be taller and deeper.Bodge adds that's not a BAD idea -- but says you can only build dunes so high and so deep -- before there's not enough beach for recreational activities. Swann says Hurricane Sandy is a perfect example as to why our dunes are so important.SOT - 4452 the communities that really worked on their dunes and spent money and gave permission for dunes to be raised and maintained and strengthened they suffered very little damage from hurricane sandy 3 3 3 Another person on Swann's side is Mayor Harriet Pruette of Neptune Beach. She also says authorities need to look more into the matter. Are there any other projects going right now to fix the issues at the beach? Another project that Dr. Bodge says helps protect the dunes is the beach re- nourishment project -- it's done every 6 to 7 years and costs about 13 million each time.