Onshore winds pose little threat of erosion

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - It's a constant game of tug of war with nature. When storms blow in, beaches tend to flow out.

"The beaches we're keeping a close eye on right now are in the north county. Specifically, Jupiter Beach, just south of the inlet, and Singer Island," said Palm Beach County's Environmental Program Supervisor, Leanne Welch.

According Welch, it's a battle that can't really be won. "Nature's going to do what she's going to do. What we do is gear up for our response," said Welch.

Constant monitoring of dune levels via webcam, and onsite inspections gives the county an accurate gauge of the current erosion threat.

"We try to get out here about once a month, just to keep an eye on the beach, and document any potential hot spots," said Michael Stahl, with Palm Beach County's Environmental Resources Management Department.

For those who live, work, and play in the shadows of beachfront condos, every gust of wind, and each and every raindrop, wash out more and more of their confidence, along with the beach.

"It's a little nerve-wracking. You don't know what to expect or what's going to happen cause a lot can go wrong with even the littlest storm," said resident Melissa Zummo.

According to the Department of Environmental Resources Management, the storms from the east are more likely to wash sand onto the beach. It's the storms from the northeast, that are the problem.

"Anytime you have these waves that come in and crash over the top of the shoreline, the water that splashes over tends to wash down. Basically it opens up this valve and the beach can actually scour out here," said Stahl.
 

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