Nor’easter hits St. Johns County dunes still recovering from recent hurricanes

Infamous "blue house" in Vilano Beach after a nor'easter blew through St. Johns County. (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

VILANO BEACH, Fla. – The impacts left behind after a nor’easter blew through on Sunday and Monday were far and wide in St. Johns County.

At one point, A1A from Ocean Sands Beach Inn to Carcaba Road was down to one lane. That’s because the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was piling up sand to fix erosion on the sides of the road. The sand was still there Tuesday afternoon. The goal was to prevent the shoulder from eroding. It eventually opened later in the day.

It was all happening in front of the infamous “blue house,” a home that was declared unsafe after the dune and ground below it were washed away in different storms throughout the years. The home built in 2004 was recently listed for sale for $1.2 million.

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Monday’s strong winds and high surf also did more damage to dunes that had already been damaged by hurricanes months ago.

St. Johns County Emergency Management said the Army Corps of Engineers plans to build up beaches in the area through renourishment starting late summer.

St. Johns County Emergency Management has started assessing the damage the nor’easter caused Monday.

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Khalil Maycock joined the News4JAX team in November 2022 after reporting in Des Moines, IA.