Dune loss on Flagler Beach after Hurricane Ian a concern for A1A, future protects

Army Corps of Engineers is involved

Drone footage shows the extent of beach erosion on Flagler Beach. (Flagler County)

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. – Flagler Beach lost a large amount of sand from its dunes because of Hurricane Ian, and several agencies are coordinating ways to shore up the beach and the roads.

Flagler County government is working with the city, Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to survey the dune loss along the beach and to protect State Road A1A.

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Before-and-after comparisons of the beach, taken by drone, show the dramatic dune loss around the pier.

The Corps is surveying a 2.6-mile portion of the beach between South 6th Street and South 28th Street where there is critical erosion. A federal project to shore up the beach in that area was supposed to begin next year.

Meanwhile, FDOT is working on repairing a depression in the southbound lane of A1A near South 14th Street. It is also looking at bringing in emergency sand and rock to protect A1A in the area between North 19th Street and North 23rd Street.

The county believes the survey work will take around two weeks to give an accurate assessment of the state of Flagler Beach.

Erosion isn’t the only concern.

Part of Flagler Beach Pier washed away during Hurricane Ian. The iconic pier was due to be replaced with a concrete structure, but the work was expected to take a few years.

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