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Beach Erosion is a two-part problem for Sarasota

Even though Subtropical Storm Alberto only brushed the coast of Florida last month, at least one of its beaches experienced some significant damage.

Lido Beach, a popular tourist spot in Sarasota, was under a state of emergency due to beach erosion.

"Tropical force winds were not really consistent," Tom Barwin, the City Manager of Sarasota said. "The rain was not heavy, but the Gulf of Mexico was really churned up and it took a good seven to eight feet of beach."

During the storm, the surf was consistently pounding the sand on Lido Beach. Barwin said such beach erosion can lead to a variety of problems.

The immediate issue is increased potential for flooding in public and private property, but the other is more cause for environmental concern.