The Jewel Of Charlotte County, Manasota Key Beaches, Pay More For Sand, Or Do Nothing

Manasota Key Fl (Storch Report) – If Manasota Key is the ‘jewel of the county’ as it has been described and a major economic asset to the county as it is projected in the county’s own master plan, then they should be paying for a greater portion of the sand that is needed to re-nourish the erosion that is taking place then they are proposing.

The option, do nothing.

Doing nothing is not a bad option, because mother nature always wins.

Doing something is an ongoing exponential cost and more often than not a losing one and the primary cost as is being proposed should not be the burden of single-family residences – ranging in between $638 to $4,109 – with an an average assessment of $1,337.

The tiered funding strategy calls for properties fronting the Gulf to pay more, based upon beach access and property size and the number of units on the property. The range cited for single-family residences is the highest and is extraordinary in comparison to the contribution of the county of $1.65 million and their return on investment compared to the return of single family residences.

It is also unfair in comparison to other revenue returning properties such as condominiums, hotels and motels.

The estimated cost of the beach re-nourishment is $30 million for year one, exponential growing year by year the primary burden of cost should be placed upon those that have the most to gain and that is not the single-family residences.

More than a million people cross over the Tom Adams Bridge to use Manasota Key beaches, where are their contributions in this equation?

According to Wikipedia:

The first nourishment project in the United States was at Coney IslandNew York in 1922 and 1923. It is now a common shore protection measure used by public and private entities.[2][3]

Nourishment is one of three commonly accepted methods for protecting shorelines. The structural alternative involves constructing a seawall, revetment, groin or breakwater.

Alternatively, with managed retreat the shoreline is left to erode, while relocating buildings and infrastructure further inland. Nourishment gained popularity because it preserved beach resources and avoided the negative effects of hard structures. Instead, nourishment creates a “soft” (i.e., non-permanent) structure by creating a larger sand reservoir, pushing the shoreline seaward.

Beach re-nourishment is much like treating cancer, it is an ongoing process, costly, prolongs the life of the beach at a price that must be evaluated based upon the return on investment with the option of doing nothing and letting mother nature to take its course. 

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