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Longboat Key looks to combat north-end erosion

Longboat Key is considering emergency beach renourishment for the north end of the island, an erosion-prone area that’s experienced increased deterioration since Hurricane Irma, according to Public Works officials.

Sand on the beach north of Broadway Street has disappeared at an accelerated rate as a result of a high “intensity” of storms and tides since waves and tides connected with the hurricane hit Sept. 10, said Public Works Project Manager James Linkogle.

Linkogle said he visits the north end of the beach at least every other week to take pictures, taking note of the rate of erosion near two groins at the end of North Shore Road. Those groins, which were installed with sand fill in 2015, were designed and constructed to keep sand from being washed off the north-shore beach.