WEAR ABC 3 - Search Results
Perdido Key residents 'concerned' about upcoming storm
PERDIDO KEY -- There's still some uncertainty with the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico regarding strength and potential track to this storm, but conditions are expected to be rough along the coastline which could cause more potential erosion to areas like Perdido Key. So condo owners are watching the waves very closely.
Jim Schweizer says, "I'm very concerned... very concerned." He has owned his condo at Sandy Key for over 20 years. He's worried about losing more than just sugar white sand.
He says, "We've lost a lot of beach and without that protection I'm sure we could lose this first floor, maybe the second floor of this building. And that's not good."
The beaches along Perdido Key are privately owned down to the Alabama state line. The condo owners must allow Escambia County access to begin beach renourishment, or the county could claim eminent domain. Neither has happened yet. And the visible erosion might have a long lasting impact.
Bill Smith, the General Manager for Sandy Key Condos says, "We're really in bad shape as far as the beach and you can see how much sand that we have lost. We're losing more and more sand each and every year and that's going to have an impact on our building if we get a heavy surf or a tidal wave that comes in through this area."
Some say building on a barrier island was a bad idea to begin with.
"That is an argument, however they've allowed us to build on a barrier island and here we are." says Schewezer.
"Rain we can live with. The beach going away, we cannot live with."
Depending on the system waves could be as much as 2 to 3 times as large as they are right now, meaning bad news for areas along the coastline.