Dennis - damage reports & requests - merged to this thread

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  1. SoWalSally

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    Walton Sun letter to the editor yesterday:

    Since Tropical Storm Arlene, I?ve been receiving a lot of questions about our beaches and wanted to share what I learned during a recent TDC board meeting.
    After Hurricane Ivan, the Walton County Transit Development Council used visitor dollars to replace approximately 450,000 cubic yards of sand, push sand back onto the dunes and purchase 900,000 sea oats to be planted this summer. These emergency measures served their purpose providing a reservoir of sand to be eroded instead of our natural dune system. Fortunately, Arlene, unlike Ivan, spared most of our dunes.
    However, serious erosion occurred to our beaches. We lost several feet of sand exposing the black peat, which lies under our white sand beaches. The peat is the result of the cypress swamp that existed thousands of years ago where our beaches are located today. The county cannot bring in sand to cover the peat at this time due to state and federal, permitting that is difficult to obtain during turtle nesting season.
    In addition, another storm would quickly wash the new sand out into the gulf and thousands of dollars later, we?d be in the same predicament. Since much of our sand is just offshore and a large amount of beach recovery should occur in the following weeks, the county is looking to develop more long term options.
    Long term success is most often found through large scale beach restoration, they must be classified as ?critically eroded? by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Critical erosion is determined on a yearly basis and only 6.5 miles of beaches were deemed ?critically eroded prior to Ivan, the Florida DEP critical erosion draft report included approximately 11 miles of critically eroded beaches in Walton County. This allows more beaches in Walton County to be considered for a large scale beach restoration.
    Of the original 6.5 miles, a 4.8 mile stretch of ?critically eroded? beach in Western Walton County is awaiting final permitting and we expect that restoration will begin this fall.
    The County Commission and the TDC are scheduling workshops to discuss additional areas that could benefit from large scale restoration and to gauge the community?s interest in various options. Once the date is set, property owners, association managers and everyone with an interest in our beaches is encouraged to attend. In the meantime, the TDC will move forward on plans to enhance the dune system by planting more than 900,000 oats this summer. Ultimately, Mother Nature is the only one who can predict how quickly our beaches will begin to show improvement, but the TDC is working diligently to provide her a helping hand.

    Maurice Gilbert, Chairman Walton County Tourist Development Council
     
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    We just heard about the Kristi Lane/ Seawatch area off Eastern Lake Road. The preliminary survey shows no visible damage to houses, but substantial to the beach. The beach crossover is gone, as are almost all of them. Our neighbors who stayed there have called the county and all roads seem to be open except the 331 bridge.

    There's also a tornado warning near Georgia Tech where our daughter is taking summer classes to catch up because she changed majors to premed. Yikes! I'm more worried about her than my beach house!
     
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    how high was the storm surge at Dune Allen and 30-A?
     
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    yep, I am right here in Marietta, ga and my son just came in and said, "Mom there is a tordano headed toward us with 60 mph winds...so later
    GA JEN
     
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    Would really appreciate it if anyone has any info regarding water levels around Mack Bayou as compared to Ivan. Came very close to the house last time, wonder how we did this time - I'm currently in JAX. Thanks to everyone for all the info! All things considered, sounds like we were very lucky again. Pray for the folks to the west.
     
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    Yikes. :sosad:
    If the beach area in front of SeaWatch was badly damaged, how did the beach in front of Ramsgate do? It is only a few blocks east and much, much narrower thanks to Ivan.
     
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    All of the Seaside walkovers were washed out. Even some of the sections that survived Ivan. The water got up to the scrub oaks. Higher than Ivan. Many limbs are down, but the buildings are in good shape.
     
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    SRB - The Mack Bayou area appears to be okay. The bay is about 2 foot from the top of my docks and going down almost back to normal. Compare to Ivan this was nothing as far as water surge in our area. Have not seen any flooding. Some older docks were damaged. Hope this helps.
     
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    Glad to hear so many are doing fine. We have a place in Magnolia Cottages and lost contact with our answering machine a couple of hours ago. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    If anyone from Sea Dunes Subdivision (Dune Allen Beach) stayed around, please post if there is any damage from limbs, etc. We're the 2-story w/blue roof straight west of gazebo.

    Hoping beaches can start to heal quickly.

    With so many new people reading this board, I am guessing there will be more caution in how the beaches are cared for. Let's hope so! (We are all becoming better educated, which has to help.)
     
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    Any information on 384 Defuniak Street (Emerald Star) in old Grayton? It sounds like we may have been lucky again with yet another storm. Thanks to all for your information. It really helps us folks not in the area. Jeanne
     
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    Dunno. If I hear anything from our neighbors, I'll post it.
     
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    Rosemary/Sand Cliffs/Camp Creek

    Sorry for the bad news :sosad: :

    Every beach walkover is completely gone including top steps/landings that survived Ivan. Severe dune erosion and septic tanks laying on the beach.
    Every one of Rosemary's walkovers is gone. Cottages at Camp Creek walkover completely gone.

    Severe beach erosion at Sand Cliffs neighborhood where some of the gulf front houses are now literally feet from a 10 foot drop to the beach below.

    There is a white brick house next to Point of View condos that was slightly undercut during Ivan. It is now undercut 1/3 of the way under the house.

    It is an extremely dangerous situation because there is no way to know how far uncut the beach is when you are standing on the cliffs. It is cut back maybe 7 ft.
     
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    Thank you for the info, as unhappy as it is. Did you go back on Pelican Circle (the first road on the east side of Camp Creek Lake)?
     
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    Drat. I was hoping our new beach access miraculously survived. Thanks for looking and letting us know. I'll still be coming there with the kids a week from tomorrow, as long as the pool is working. Again, thanks for taking the time to look around and let us know what's going on at the beach.
     
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    :dunno: :dunno: ARE THERE ANY REPORTS ON THE CONDITION OF THE SAND DUNES AT SEAGROVE BEACH? For three months this past winter we watched the moving and replacing of the sand, and now this!!! Hopefully they're in decent shape.

    It's bad enough watching people tromp up and down on them despite constant warnings. Thanks!
     
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    We are due in Seaside the 16th.

    This site is fabulous for the first hand info.

    THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    [Does anyone know anything about Santa Rosa Beach--Old Florida Village or San Remo?? Viscaya??? Thanks
     
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    How did new Grayton fare? Red Bar? Bud's? 331? Thanks!
     
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    The pool should be fine. Pool Pals is very good about getting to all of the pools as soon as possible after a storm.
     
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