Nor’easter brings erosion concerns to Jax Beach

JAX BEACH, Fla. — High tide brought rough surf to Jacksonville Beach Monday as the water nearly reached the dunes around noon. The First Alert Weather Team said erosion would be possible from the storm.

This comes after Jacksonville Beach already took a beating in recent months. Topical Storms Ian and Nicole wiped away more than two billion pounds of sand late last year, almost the same amount the last renourishment project replaced six years ago.

As part of the Shore Protection Project, the Army Corps of Engineers dumped 2.7 billion pounds of sand along ten miles of Duval shoreline in 2017.

The next project isn’t scheduled to begin until February 2024.

Meanwhile, the nor’easter brought many onlookers, like Daniel Edwards, who moved to Jacksonville more than a year ago from Memphis. “I came down here to see the water. See how the water was. See how rough the water is,” he said.

The First Alert Weather Team said the high tide early Tuesday morning will be higher than Monday’s high tide just before noon.

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