VILANO BEACH, Fla. -- Beach erosion is causing major problems for homeowners in Vilano Beach. Neighbors are now asking the county to step in to prevent further damage.
Severe erosion has wiped out most of the beach, some people have even lost the walkways behind their homes.
Neighbors who live near A1A and Boating Club Road have blocked off the beach access point and posted signs warning people there is a steep drop where the beach entrance used to be.
Scott Pacetti has lived in Vilano Beach for about 15 years. Sunday morning he woke up to find his walkway had become unhinged.
"We've never lost the stairs and now we're finally losing the stairs, this is definitely the worst," said Pacetti.
Other neighbors like Brian Fedor said the damage goes on for miles.
"There has to be millions of dollars of damage for Vilano Beach down to south Ponte Vedra Beach," said Fedor.
Behind Pacetti's home, there's a nearly 12-foot drop. He said nor'easters have created the perfect storm, causing waves to pound on what's left of the dune that protects his home.
The community is now pleading for county leaders to find a solution to prevent ocean water from causing even more damage.
"Whether it be dredging or artificial reefs or whatever it takes, but we definitely would like to see this be prevented," said Fedor.
Ideally, neighbors say they'd like some sand from the St. Augustine inlet dredging project to be brought to Vilano Beach.
Action News has reached out to city and county leaders but we're still waiting to hear back.