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County to discuss Perdido Key beach erosion


The sugar white sands in Perdido Key are washing away causing major erosion. Tonight county commissioners will talk about how to fix this problem.

This is the erosion that we are talking about at Johnson Beach.

The east side of Perdido Key, from Johnson Beach to Perdido Key State Park, has been designated as critically eroded by the state of Florida. The plan is to pump in more than one million cubic feet of sand from a "borrow site" two miles off shore.

Thursday night is the next step in the process. Comissioners will submitt an application for funds from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. That money will  be used to help pay for the beach nourishment. The planning for this project has been difficult and hasn't come without a few set-backs. More than two million dollars had to be given back to the department of environmental protection because other parts of the planning process hadn't been completed in time. Residents and visitors say they see the need for action.

There are concerns about damage that could happen due to a hurricane and that's another reason commissioners want to start on this project as soon as possible. Construction is projected to be in the fall of 2015.