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Stumphole Badly Battered

Published on September 4, 2008 by Sherri Dodsworth under Beach Renourishment, Cape San Blas, FEMA, Forgotten Coast, Indian Pass, Port St. Joe

Although the county was able to quickly reopen Cape San Blas Road to traffic again by late Monday afternoon after closing it at 10 a.m., the rocks at Stumphole took quite a thumping and FDOT will hopefully make repairs quickly. I saw three of their crew members out yesterday with measuring equipment so hopefully that will be the case.

I can’t stress enough how well the beach restoration did its job. I only wish the storms could have held off just a few weeks longer to allow the entire project to have been completed in front of everyone’s homes. Paula Pickett, Executive Director of the Tourist Development Council, echoed this sentiment:

” . . . we are very pleased with the performance of the beach. There was certainly some loss, though we do expect the majority of sand to be in the system still and come back on shore within the next week or so. This is assuming that there are no further storms to take it away. The escarpments (clifting) of the sand was minimum and the waves’ impact was held to a minimum due to the gradual sloping of the shoreline, as opposed to the previous flat beach that allowed the waves to basically cut into the duneline”.

“I personally feel great losses were avoided by having the beach in place and can’t wait for that level of protection to be along the entire coastline”.

2 Comments on 'Stumphole Badly Battered':

sdodsworth on 09/13/08:

I need to look into why the decision was made to start north and work south - I heard once long ago but forget what the reasoning was. I'll get back to you on that one. What's truly sad is if it hadn't been for the lawsuit brought by one property owner which held up the program for nearly eight months, beach renourishment would have been completed in front of those homes on the southern portion. That individual has a lot to bear on his consceince and I hope it causes him sleepless nights. Cape San Blas Road is a state road so Tallahassee has the final say over what maintenance is done on it.

Meg on 09/13/08:

It must be a great relief to those owners who were able to survive the storm undamaged thanks to the beach renourishment project. Had that not happened, Cape Shoals, for one that I can think of, would probably not have survived the effects of Ike. We were there in July and were absolutely amazed at the "new" beach and could hardly wait to see it completed. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. Homes toward the stumphole are not as lucky since they did not have the benefit of the beach restoration project. Sunrise Sunset will be lucky to survive. If it doesn't fall onto the beach & into the Gulf that will be amazing. It is truly a shame that the project didn't start south and work its way north; the northern area always did have the widest beach to start with, the southern end was in dire need of this project. It is also a shame that the county continues to spend money time & time again to replace boulders at the stumphole and repair the road instead of investing in a bridge in this area. Hopefully Ike will be the last storm of this season; but that hope is slim indeed. Even if it is, the damage has been done. Those with the new beach must be out celebrating for sure - the owners at the southern end have to hope their insurance helps out.

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