Future of Atlantic Beach dunes examined

Discussion panel held in wake of back-to-back hurricanes

By Ashley Harding - Reporter

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - More than a dozen Atlantic Beach residents attended a discussion panel Tuesday evening about the damage to the dunes following back-to-back hurricanes.

In the wake of hurricanes Matthew and Irma, some are concerned about what could happen if another storm were to come rolling through.

The beach community underwent a re-nourishment project after Hurricane Matthew, but the north Atlantic Beach area was left out of the project. Post-Irma, the dunes between 19th and 20th streets were destroyed, and are virtually gone. 

The group "Atlantic Beach Preservation" hosting Tuesday's discussion. The panel was made up of several people -- including an Atlantic Beach resident, who talked about the city’s Emergency Preparedness System, and a coastal and ocean engineer, who gave an overview of the erosion problems and history of the re-nourishment projects.

Some ideas tossed around at the meeting included launching an education campaign, to let residents know ways the can help the dunes, such as planting their own sea oats.

Tuesday night's discussion panel was be held at the Community Presbyterian Church Hall on Sherry Drive. 

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