A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 30, 2015 commemorating the completion of the construction of two coastal erosion management structures, called groins. The project, at a cost of $2.3 million, included the construction and installation of permeable adjustable groins (PAGs) and placing of approximately 13,000 tons (9,300 cubic yards) of beach compatible sand brought in by trucks from a mine in the center of the state (a 120-mile one-way trip).
Permits from state and federal agencies were applied for in March 2012 and issued in April 2014, construction began in November 2014.
The Town determined that these erosion management structures were needed because of the high erosive currents at this location. Previous attempts to place sand resulted in rapid loss of the sand at a cost of millions of dollars without any appreciable result. While these structures will not completely stop the sand from eroding it will slow down currents so that the newly placed sand erodes at a slower rate thereby lengthening the time between beach nourishment projects in this area. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has designated most of the shorelines along both Sarasota and Manatee Counties as “Critically Eroded.”
The Town of Longboat Key continues to monitor all of its 10-plus miles of beach on an annual basis to insure that a wide, healthy, aesthetically pleasing beach is in place along its entire shoreline to protect residences, businesses and infrastructure from storms and to provide a recreational amenity for its residents and visitors.