MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A popular beach in Martin County has reopened but without lifeguards due to erosion.
Bathtub Reef Beach on Hutchinson Island South opened to the public on Monday after being closed since early November.
Hurricane Nicole caused flooding along MacArthur Boulevard forcing the county's Coastal Engineering Division to add sand to reinforce the dunes.
However, Martin County announced Thursday that 'significant erosion' continues to cause ongoing changes to the shoreline.
As a result, the lifeguard towers will be pulled from the beach and the beach will be unguarded until further notice.
The county said there are three other guarded beaches—Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach and Hobe Sound Beach—as well as many other smaller beaches along the coastline.
Beachgoers are always encouraged to swim near a lifeguard and be water safe.
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