Margate dune plan

raises many problems

After attending the Aug. 15 meeting, I have some serious reservations about the proposed beach replenishment/dune project in Margate.

The look and feel of our beach as we have known it since our great-grandparents will be negatively changed forever. Driving up to the bulkhead to check out the ocean will no longer be an option. And ponding between dunes and the bulkhead will create the perfect environment to promote unwanted vegetative growth, the accumulation of debris, breeding of mosquitoes and eventually rodents.

Then there are the logistical/engineering considerations.

People will have to climb the existing eight to 10 steps over the bulkhead, cross a potential pond as mentioned above and then scale a 12.75-foot-high by 75-foot-wide dune to reach the beach. The officials at the meeting stated that replenishment and dune construction will be going on next summer - it will be no fun climbing over large pipes and around construction equipment.

The Army Corps of Engineers plan calls for 100 feet of usable beach at high tide after dune construction. Any major storms during the three-year waiting period for replenishment could quite possibly erode that 100 feet to little or no sitting area at high tide. Existing beaches average 200 to 270 feet at high tide. Margate's beaches are wider and higher today than they have ever been with no replenishment.

Officials repeatedly stated that their only consideration at this time was for protection from wave action. But as many residents stated, there are other issues that will not be addressed - such as water from the bay, which caused a majority of the damage from Sandy in Margate. And the dunes will do nothing to protect us from hurricane wind damage.



Margate doesn't need

proposed dune project

Regarding the Aug. 18 letter from City Commissioner Brenda Taube, "Support Margate dune-building plan":

Taube is a thoughtful and effective commissioner, but she is wrong on the dunes project.

Dunes don't work. We live on a barrier island that can diminish over time. Please see the article "Rising Seas" in the September 2013 issue of the National Geographic magazine. In Florida, tons of time and money have been spent on the subject. Dunes are not effective unless maybe there is an invasion from Cuba or China.

This is another boondoggle from the Army Corps of Engineers, a government bureaucracy.

When was the last time Margate was harmed by the ocean? Most of Sandy's damage came from the bay, and the effects of piling sand on the beach up against the bulkheads.

Will Margate become Holland with dikes, canals and the infamous dunes?

Please reconsider this dunes project.



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