Red-flag conditions erode the shoreline

As nasty weather over the past weeks has brought red flag conditions to Navarre Beach, sands dredged to the shore during the beach renourishment were pulled back into the waters, but County Engineer Roger Blaylock says not to worry, it’s all part of the process.

“Wave action in the surf zone creates a natural hump which temporarily traps over wash onto the lower beach and the escaping water reshapes the beach as it returns to the gulf,” he said.

To cut down on that natural erosion, the renourishment included dune planting in which sea oats were planted throughout the dunes, a process that was recently completed.

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