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Longboat Key beaches in good condition after storms

After a hurricane and a tropical storm in the last six weeks, Longboat Key's beaches remain in good shape with the potential for improvement where erosion is particularly common. 

The town's Public Works staff presented their annual report to the Town Commission at Monday’s workshop. 

Annual reports first began in June 2020 as commissioners sought information about the status of beaches and ongoing nourishment projects.

Parts of the report centered on the condition of beaches following Hurricane Ian. The town’s beaches experienced minimal impact from the storm as it made landfall about 50 miles south of its previously forecast track, generally with offshore blowing winds. 

Conditions after tropical storm Nicole had not yet been fully analyzed, but beach consultant Olsen Associates performed a few initial aerial passes on the North End. A full review is planned for completion by Programs Manager Charlie Mopps starting next week.