Erosion in Delray Beach moves the shoreline closer and closer to the homes of the coastal community

Dangerous 6-foot drop-off in family's backyard

As the sun rises on Delray Beach, the wind pushes waves closer and closer to the Edick's home off the 600 block of North Ocean Boulevard.
 
"Just in one day we lost about 25 or 30 feet and since Sandy we've lost maybe 80 feet," Rick Edick said.
 
The Edick's said the water is as close as it's ever been to their home.

"It's a little concerning to say the least," he said.
 
What concerns them most is how quick they have seen the beach wash away.
 
They showed NewsChannel 5 old pictures of their beach when it wasn't washed away.

They also showed us pictures of the beach this Thanksgiving, where the seagrapes were a few feet away from where the sand had become a sand wall.

The next day the same sand dune was right next to the sand wall, showing that a feet of sand had washed away.

Edick's son, Matt, who is home on Thanksgiving break from college took the pictures to show the before and after.

"It's not even just about us," he said. "It's about the whole natural environment. The sea turtles, the tourism for Delray."

According to our news partners at the Sun Sentinel, Delray Beach has approved a $9.2 million beach renourishment project.

The Edick's say it's for the area south of where their beach is toward Atlantic Avenue and Linton.

"It'd be nice if they could stick it up here to the other side of Delray," Rick said.

In the meantime, they're looking for other options.

"We're exploring what can be done," he said. "But it's mother nature there's only so much you can do."

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