Martin County declares state of local emergency

STUART, Fla. - Martin County declared a state of local emergency Saturday afternoon citing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to Bathtub Reef Beach, MacArthur Boulevard and other coastal areas in the county, as well as the high surf and tide conditions that continue battering the shore, said Gabriella Ferraro, spokeswoman for the county.

Declaring a state of local emergency allows county crews to implement measures to protect affected areas and minimize further damage.

Bathtub Reef Beach continues to be battered by conditions brought by Hurricane Sandy and had already suffered erosion from Tropical Storm Isaac. Last night, the reinforced dune breached due to rough surf and large waves. Earlier this week, approximately 3,600 tons of sand was brought in to shore up the dune and protect the beach, parking area and MacArthur Blvd. Additional sand is being brought in today and tomorrow to further protect these areas, Ferraro said.

MacArthur Boulevard, from N.E. Ocean Boulevard to Sailfish Point,  is open to local traffic only. Engineering crews remain on site to remove debris, clear the road and so that it is safe and passable.

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