MEXICO BEACH WORKS TO RESTORE DESTROYED BEACHES, RE-NOURISHMENT COULD COST $25 MILLION

All three miles of Mexico beach’s coast are still devastated since Hurricane Michael. You’ll find glass, fencing, and household materials scattered throughout the beach. However, Mexico Beach Community Development officials and the Bay County Tourist Development Council are working to revive it. Workers are beginning the second phase of studies. Right now, they’re searching for sand pockets off shore, as close as two miles from the coast. Officials said close to shore sand pockets are more cost effective. They said the whole project could cost up to $25 million and expect it will be finished within two years “Sand nourishment projects cost money so we’ve got to find some money. We’re hopeful that we can find some money and we’re hopeful that we can find it, you know, through grants and state cost share funding programs. Then we can start putting our beaches to how they were, with the dunes and the sea oats and the beautiful white sand,” Kimberly Shoaf, the Mexico Beach Community Development president, said. Shoaf said all of the sand will be locally sourced.

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