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Only 400 Feet to the Finish Line

Published on December 30, 2008 by Sherri Dodsworth under Beach Renourishment, Cape San Blas, Forgotten Coast, Port St. Joe

For Capers, 2008 will be remembered as the Year of Beach Restoration, so it’s fitting that the project should be nearing completion as we plan our bonfire-on-the-beach New Year’s Eve parties. I stopped at Stumphole this afternoon on the way home from work and got out and shot a few photos of the amazing work being done by Manson Construction as they do the seemingly impossible, laying down hundreds of feet of fresh beach in front of the rocks. My friend Steve who has been working on the project since near the beginning, said they only have 400 feet to go until the project is complete.

The target spot is marked with a large rock atop the wall spray painted with a day glow orange smiley face, (think southern take on the megalithic moai of Easter Island).

Smiley Face Marks the Spot

It is absolutely amazing to see just how much sand has been put in place in this area:

Stumphole Reinforced With Several Hundred Feet of Sand

To give you an idea of just how big a change this is, here’s a photo taken in the wake of Gustav earlier this summer from the same general location of where I was standing when I took each of these photos, just shooting in opposite directions, but it gets the point across.

Traffic Trickling Through Stumphole

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