New Smyrna Beach residents reject new erosion control project

Citing problems with state regulations, residents of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, have given up plans that would have restored area sand dunes destroyed by years of erosion.

Beachfront property owners said the plan would have included the installation of vegetation and 600-foot-long sand-filled tubes along seven lots of Van Kleek Drive, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The residents had originally gotten permission to install the tubes after they were unable to get approval for the construction of a traditional sea wall to protect the area. {cap} Now that plan has been scrapped because of the additional costs to maintain or remove the tubing. Top erosion control products from Impact Absorbents including Jute Netting and Straw Wattle can help future damaged caused by harsh elements such as surf and wind.

Property owner Buddy Eide, who has spent approximately $30,000 during the past 12 years to obtain permit approvals to shore up his property, told the news agency that the costs of additional maintenance is not worth the effort.

Additional erosion control efforts are underway at the nearby Halifax River, where the the oyster population is at risk due to shoreline destruction there.

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