Hurricane Sandy causes millions in damage to Brevard beaches

Some homes lose decks after dunes erode

COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Brevard officials say Hurricane Sandy caused several million dollars damage to the county's beaches.

Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi told Local 6 damaged walkways and erosion are the most significant effects of the hurricane.

"It produced large surf and was relentless," Scabarozi said. "We also had the full moon, that did not go in our favor and we had incredibly high tides."

Dune crossovers at Canova Beach Park in Indian Harbour Beach and Futch Memorial Park at Paradise Beach were damaged. Brevard County Parks and Recreation will close those crossovers.

"Really look at the crosswalk before you start to use them," Scabarozi said. "I know all of Brevard County has been putting out caution tapebe careful when you come to the beach."

Natural resources staffers are in the early stages of assessing damage and could go to the county commissioners this week to get approval of a request to ask for state or federal funds to help repair the dunes.

Residents who would like to replace sand at their homes can call the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office for expedited permit approval process.

Scabrozi told Local 6 that people seemed to abide by the warning of staying out of the water and that officials only made a few rescues over the weekend.

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