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Beach sand piled up on Intracoastal Waterway in Perdido Key
PERDIDO KEY -- The sugary white sand along the gulf coast is a very valuable commodity.
Beach communities pay millions for it to replenish their eroded shores.
Much of it has been piling-up along the Intracoastal Waterway in Perdido Key .
Escambia County's plan to solve a couple problems at the same time....
10 years ago this wall of sand wasn't here but Escambia County is now working on a plan to move it"
The sugary white sand that lines the Intracoastal Waterway in Perdido Key has been like a gift and a curse.
"You can see these people have built brand new piers and everything here, after the hurricane they covered all their piers up"
The added sand stems from dredging along the channel.
At one point, the waterline extended several feet inland to where bird houses now stand.
"They stack it up 30 feet, you can ask anybody who lives down there, it's not a pretty sight"
Sava Varazo has been a staunch supporter of Escambia County's plan to deal with all of that sand piling up.
The county wants to stockpile the excess sand onto a single makeshift island, where these smaller ones exist now.
That sand would then be used to replenish shorelines in the county, to help protect roads and buildings against beach erosion and hurricanes.
"They can probably do it for around 50 or so thousand dollars and that's very minimal when you're talking about millions and millions of dollars worth of sand that was needed during the last hurricane event"
The Intracoastal Waterway is vital to barges carrying supplies to places like NAS.
Area residents say the county's plan is long overdue.
"When they dump it here where I gather they've got to haul it off somewhere and if they just take it over there, I think it's a good idea"
"It's a good supply, it's like putting sand in the bank so whenever there's an emergency"
"Next week the county will present its plan to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corp of Engineers