FEMA won't fund Dauphin Island beach restoration project

2016 Navarre Beach Renourishment Project and the 2006 Navarre Beach Restoration Project. And updates/issues about beach storm surge sand erosion, dune vegetation, sea turtle/shorebird nesting and other.
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Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:55 am

Federal emergency management officials said they won't fund the rebuilding of a multimillion-dollar protective sand berm along the west end of Dauphin Island after it was destroyed by Hurricane Gustav.

Mike Moore, FEMA disaster coordinator for Alabama, said Wednesday that part of the barrier island's west end doesn't have enough beachfront left to recreate the berm. The 10-foot-high berm was built last year for $3.6 million along three miles of Gulf beachfront and protected scores of resort homes, now left vulnerable to the Gulf surf.

A storm surge from Hurricane Gustav in September wiped out the berm. Large waves from Hurricane Ike battered the island even more.

FEMA estimates rebuilding it again would cost $4 million. It's a 75-25 cost-sharing formula, with the federal government paying the higher share.
Town officials have until Jan. 10 to appeal the decision. Mayor Jeff Collier said town officials haven't decided whether to appeal. He said FEMA's decision came as no surprise and that town officials are aware the erosion problem is getting worse.

Collier told The Associated Press on Thursday that a long-term solution continues to be the goal, but that it won't come before the 2009 hurricane season, leaving some homes vulnerable to storm surge.

While turning down the berm, FEMA earlier approved about $3.6 million to remove and recover sand from the public right of way after Gustav.

Collier said some of that sand was moved back to the eroded beachfront, but he said it was a small amount.

The first berm on the island was built in 2000 at a cost of $1 million. It was destroyed by Tropical Storm Isidore in 2002.

I hope the FEMA decision not to fund Dauphin Island does not effect the funding for the same storms that eroded the berm (dune) at Navarre Beach.
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Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:51 pm

HI KEN....

THIS MAY SOUND STUPID BUT I WONDER IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO CONSTRUCT SOMETHING LIKE A TEMPORARY BREAK WALL THAT CAN BE PLACED ON THE EDGE OF THE BEACH TO BLOCK THE WAVES FROM ERODING THE SAND JUST PRIOR TO A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL STORM. I IMAGE IF SUCH A PRODUCT WAS AVAILABLE THE COST WOULD BE ASTRONOMICAL INITIALLY, BUT MAY BE WORTH IT IN THE LOG RUN. I FOUND SOME INTERESTING PRODUCTS ON LINE

ONE SITE DESCRIBED SUCH A PRODUCT AS A STRUCTURE PLACED WHERE THE WAVES BREAK. IT CONSISTED OF A STRING OF PRISM - SHAPED MODULES THAT WOULD DEFLECT THE WAVES. THE MODULES HAD OPPOSITE INCLINED FRONT AND REAR WALLS WHICH
COULD BE READILY INSTALLED BY HELICOPTER.

THE SITE WENT INTO MUCH MORE DETAIL AND IS ACTUALLY PATENTED.

SOUNDS CRAZY BUT IF IT WAS POSSIBLE WOULDN'T IT BE WORTH IT TO HAVE THAT BEAUTIFUL BEACH AND ALL THOSE PROPERTIES PROTECTED ?
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Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:02 pm

Found this interesting site as well. Again.... just an idea .....

http://www.whisprwave.com/faq.htm#floating
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