Crews bring in more sand to secure shoreline on Bathtub Reef Beach

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. -- Martin County crews are working through the storm to bring tons of sand to Bathtub Reef Beach on Hutchinson Island.

The beach is known for having problems with erosion, and has been shrinking in the past few months due to heavy winds and strong waves.

The county declared a state of emergency Wednesday and shut down the beach. They did so to help make room for the crews who are dumping the sand. Once the project is finished, 4,000 tons of sand will be dumped on the shoreline.

On Friday, our crews saw portions of the dunes at the beach fall apart into the ocean, due to huge waves breaking very close to the shore.

County officials haven't indicated when they'll be done dumping sand or when the beach will reopen.

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