Singer Island beach erosion control back on county agenda

A Singer Island beach erosion control project has new life months after it was washed away.

Palm Beach County commissioners voted down the 30 million dollar project in March.

Commission chairwoman Karen Marcus says after the plan was voted down, one of the commissioners who voted no saw a new presentation on erosion control and wanted to hear more.

That request opened the door for Tuesday's workshop, where possibilities for a beachfront erosion control project were discussed.

Placing 11 limestone boulders called breakwaters off the shore to stop erosion was voted down in March.

Wearing 'vote yes' stickers, dozens of Singer Island homeowners came to the meeting asking for something to be done.

"Make sure the commissioners know that we do care and we are out there and they have to consider our feelings," said Sonny Nardulli.

At the meeting, The Army Corps of Engineers said it will reject an erosion control plan unless the breakwaters are underwater, or submerged.

The current plan has breakwaters both under and out of water, or emerged.

Nesting sea turtles on Singer Island is also a concern by people opposing the project as well as people in favor.

At the conclusion of the meeting, commissioners told the county environmental resources management team to develop a new plan.

"I think now the board has recognized the importance and the value between the turtle nesting, the property values and the hotel tourism component to go and do something," said commission chair Karen Marcus.

The Surf Rider Foundation, which is against this project, says it was happy with the meeting, calling it common sense to find an alternative erosion control project.

There's no timetable when a new plan will be up for a vote.