Bathtub Reef Beach reopens to beachgoers after five month closure

Popular Martin County beach back open to public

STUART, Fla. - Bathtub Beach is back in business, although beachgoers may notice things look different from what they did before it closed.

Tall dunes take the place of parking spots, leaving fewer places for people to park their cars.

The beach had to be renourished after Hurricane Sandy pounded the shoreline and caused major erosion in October.

As insurance against future erosion, the shoreline is surrounded by high dunes and they're what have taken up some of the parking space.

Beachgoers say they've been waiting for this day for five months.

"We'd pass by, and we could see it wasn't open, the dirt was all over the place," said Carole Lento, a New Jersey snowbird who owns a home in Port St. Lucie. "We all thought the beach is gone. But it isn't gone, and here it is, back, beautiful as can be."

This beach reopened even sooner than Martin County officials predicted. They thought it would take at least a couple more weeks but they were trying to beat a turtle nesting deadline of May 1st.

"It was an ongoing process," said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Martin County engineer. "It took us a while to get it back after the hurricane, but many are glad to see it open again."


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