Millions of dollars of sand washed away, No major emergencies so far on Treasure Coast

St. Lucie renourishment project done over summer

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Tuesday, it was Mother Nature once again storming Normandy Beach in St. Lucie County.

At low tide, Christieann Miller and her family walked along what sand was left behind.

"I've seen this beach be dynamically changed over 40 years now," said Miller.

Two straight days of constant wind and waves have brought the ocean uncomfortably close to a number of waterfront properties.  But in St. Lucie County, it could have been much worse.

This summer, a beach renourishment project stretched 3.4 miles from Normandy Beach down to the Martin County line.  It cost 6.8 million dollars. The state paid just under half the cost, about a quarter was picked up by taxpayers through the county's erosion control district, and residents who live along the beach picked up the final third through a special assessment.

Christieann Miller was among those who paid that extra money.

"Yes, I paid some extra taxes for this but I'm an environmentalist so I feel these are my taxes well spent," she said.

George Stegeman said they had similar problems like this up north on the shores of Lake Huron.

"Last year we dug out my wife's garden which had that much sand from the nor'easter of Sandy," Stegeman said.

As of Tuesday evening, there have no reports of any emergency measures being taken.  There are no beach renourishment projects upcoming in Martin or St. Lucie counties, though in some places like Jetty Park in Fort Pierce, there have been emergency sand projects done in recent years.

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