Beach Damage Lowdown - Update

     We all know by now that a piece of our precious beach has taken a serious hit from the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy.


     What we want to know, is what's being done about it!
     This blog post is a curious story about one of the candidates for District II City Commissions' idea for a quick temporary fix to the 4 blocks of serious erosion we have been seeing all over the news. 

      [ As an aside, there is a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 10th, at 7 pm, at the Beach Community Center (north of Oakland), that the City is holding with FDOT and the County to update everyone on the beach problem, but that's got beach residents hopping mad, more on that in a minute. ]


     Chuck Black
is a twenty year Navy Vet, and a candidate for the open seat that Charlotte Rodstrom vacated to run for a County seat last summer (Rodstrom is also running trying to retake her seat after losing the County race).. Black says when he heard about the damage at the beach, he knew right away that he could help.

     Black says he was a "damage control team trainer" in the Navy, and just happens to know the right people to put in a temporary fix, and almost no cost to the City. 

                             Here's the deal


     Black's friend is Joe Farrell, of Nantucket, and says if he puts these "modules" in the ocean where the waves have taken the beach away, the sand will return.

     Farrell is a "marine salvage specialist", and owns a company called Resolve Marine Group. He says the modules are filled with water to keep them in place, then are craned just offshore, where they protect the beach and build up the sand until a more permanent solution is taken. He says he is ready, and that the modules can be in place in 72 hours after he is given the go-ahead.

     Here is an article about Farell and his plan for Nantucket.


     Chuck Black and Farrell met with City Manager Lee Feldman a few days ago, and proffered the nearly no cost offer (the City/State would pay for the cranes- $20,000-$30,000, and Farrell would take care of the rest). Feldman sent the proposal off to the FDOT and the County for them to evaluate.

     We expect we'll hear whether the local officials find the process doable at the update meeting on Dec. 10th...  

    ..... And the reason the beach area residents are upset about the update meeting on Dec. 10th, is because the meeting was scheduled at the exact same time as the beach is holding their candidates night - where they will be listening to the District II candidates - including Chuck Black!




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  • 12/1/2012 4:28 PM Steve Glassman wrote:
    Seems to me that the City could have easily contacted the leaders of the beach neighborhood associations in one conference call and said, "Hey, guys - what date is good for you?" Simple and the right thing to do. How do you schedule a meeting about a crisis and not involve the neighborhoods where the crisis is in the first place?
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    1. 12/1/2012 6:30 PM Anonymous wrote:
      its a photo op for governor wanna be having a press conference with do nothing FDOT staffers
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  • 12/1/2012 5:09 PM Lester Zalewski wrote:
    Tim I posted the following on your blog before, could have and should have been done weeks ago. Is my suggestion just too easy. I always liked the Idea of artificial reefs, but it needs clearance from several government agencies, months away. Also Nova has a whole study on growing living reefs.

    Short one for the engineers out in blog land. Move sand from south park that is above sidewalk grade to needed areas with park personnel and equipment now!! Apply to state and Federal for funds. Have information meetings with citizens as you go, we can not allocate assets but we will vote 15 Jan and in 2yrs.!

    Also see engineers reply.
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    1. 12/2/2012 4:40 PM engineer wrote:
      Army of Corps of Engineers Jax office needs to be involved pronto.
      FDOT controls A1A - the "road", not the beach. Anything east of the sidewalk, Littoral waterways, including beach, coastline, reefs, sea bed and Atlantic Ocean. A meet and greet with city and FDOT will result in no info. Or solutions.
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  • 12/2/2012 1:29 PM Melanie wrote:
    well good for Mr. Black coming up with some solution. I don't know whether or not it will work , that is for the experts, I'd say. But at least he is throwing an idea out there with friends that seem to have done something similar before. i will look for the outcome and suggest you let us know.
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  • 12/2/2012 3:29 PM City Activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    This is the incentive I was referring to Chuck. I am glad that he is stepping up to the plate. What ideas do Charlotte and Dean have?.Although Charlotte could trump here w/ her connections to the County. Dean your up. Me I would get that bed tax monies and start repairs asap. I told you Mayor I had little faith that Fema would pick up the tab. Use some of that CRA money instead of bldg. gargages etc. Concerning th e concerns about the sea wall issues etc, being the same night as the CBA debate(DEc10). The Mayor from my understanding state d that he would met w/ the cBA indendantly after the meeting if alot of them will be @ the debate.(dec 10). Although I can see why they(CBA)are feeling left out. I mean the Dec10 debate was schuduled weeks ago before Storm Sandy there. On the other hand the City really cannot contact FDOT, the State etc, to reschudule becaus e of the debate. I see both sides here. Ye s the CBA sent out over 5000 post cards, booked the hotel, etc. Informing its members etc of the planned debate. Maybe they could set up a camera to feed it to the CBA debate and the canidates could way in. THis one is shall w e say a touchy subject. Tough one to call. Could they possibly move up the meeting(a1a concerns) to say 4pm so everyone could attend both functions. Well??. An d none of thi s drama is Cit comm,ast. Scot Wyman fault. He does not modertor these debates, , does not fund them nor does he set the dates for "ANY" of these debates. If the CBA did notify the City they notified Charlotte Rodstrom while she was stil the commisisoner. If it was to go on th e calendar that was inatitive Comm.Rodstrom should have taken care of ,not Scott. To say that this was done on purpose to alienate the CBA , I think that is not th e case. I do think that compromise could be achieved. Again I have to point out the Mayor did state that he would met w/ the CBA to address their concerns another nite. The CBA feels this is part of their district and their concerns should be addressed as well & they should be @ the meeting.They can't be @ both places @ once(I get it) I see both sides here.....
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  • 12/2/2012 7:28 PM the new normal wrote:,0,5280787,full.column

    "........I spent some time walking along A1A the other day with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. We walked in the middle of hardest hit area, around 16th St., north of Sunrise Blvd. This is an area that has lost 75 feet or more in the width of its beach, in just a matter of days........ And all of this affects Seiler more than you might imagine.
    Yes, Seiler is a politician. And a sharp one.......Seiler has more of an emotional investment in all of this than many people.
    "This is so frustrating," he said as we looked at the busted seawall and sidewalks......"The beach doesn't run in a straight line," he said. "Other places have had this problem, like Stuart, up by Hutchinson Island. We just have to stop this from happening again."

    That will be Seiler's task, along with a bunch of other state, county, local and tourism officials, and residents, who will be meeting later this month to draw up short-term and long-term strategies to protect the area's most valuable resource.

    "I want to hear from climatologists, meteorologists . . . any kind of 'ogists' you can think of," Seiler said.

    Seiler thinks part of the problem is offshore, in the deeper water, where the waves are picking up power.

    "It's not just bringing in more sand," Seiler said. "It's got to be more than that. Something is allowing the waves to get that large."

    And then we both looked over the scene, which isn't quite what you see in postcards of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

    "The next move," Seiler said, "is to restore this all to normalcy."
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  • 12/2/2012 8:10 PM Gimmie a break wrote:
    Ok, having moved here a few years ago, I have been around for the last three election cycles for Mayor and Commission and here is what I have figured out...

    Not one person involved or merely an attendee is ever happy with how these candidate forums are conducted and most end up thinking they were/are a waste of time.

    To save those the dilema of attending the Forum or beach meeting, please allow me to give a summary of the candidate forum...

    1) Dean, he will talk of a need for change, he is a better person than the one who put his tail between his legs and begged of last time. He will talk of being in touch and helping ALL residents. In essence he will claim to offer something to the current Dais not already there but will not be specific as to what he means. Finally he will make sure no one gets ditracted by the "non issue" of Dean and the rest of the Board allowing a child diddler to run Broward House.

    2) Chuck Black, he will down play his union support from police and fire. Use his real life military and business expereince to show he is an outsider trying to bring a new approach to the Dais. Finally, he will focus on his plan to save the beach.

    Lester, seriously? I heard he was not invited and if he was the guy got less votes than Ferber 11 months ago. No one was interested then and no reason to think they are now.

    Charlotte, will show her voting history that exhibits respect and the importance of our beach and its residents. She will explain a female voice is needed in the boys club on the dais and she is the one and only who will stand up to them. She will tout her experience in the position and that he will not need a learning curve.

    Ladies and Gentlement

    Thank You and Good Night.
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    1. 12/2/2012 8:50 PM voter wrote:
      do we really want three (yes 3) lawyers on the dais? talk about biz dev gig in city comm chambers.
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    2. 12/2/2012 9:12 PM Lester Zalewski wrote:
      I agree with you! Getting the repairs on A1A started, should be our number one priority.

      I will be at the beach meeting and hope to see everyone there.

      PS If everyone that voted for me in Jan brings two friend I will win.

      Thank You and wake up to a new morning.

      Lester Zalewski
      954 873 4320
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  • 12/4/2012 4:13 PM save the dunes wrote:

    December 3, 2012
    Resisted for Blocking the View, Dunes Prove They Blunt Storms
    LONG BEACH, N.Y. — Surfers railed against the project because they said it would interfere with the curl of the waves. Local businesses reliant on beach tourism hated it, too. Who would flock to the historic Boardwalk, they asked, if sand dunes were engineered to rise up and obscure the ocean view?

    And many residents did not care for the aesthetics of the $98 million plan — declaring that they preferred the beach wide and flat, with the soft, light-colored native sand that they had grown up with.

    So, six years ago, after the Army Corps of Engineers proposed to erect dunes and elevate beaches along more than six miles of coast to protect this barrier island, the Long Beach City Council voted 5 to 0 against paying its $7 million initial share and taking part.

    Many of Long Beach’s 33,000 residents would come to regret it.

    The smaller neighboring communities on the barrier island — Point Lookout, Lido Beach and Atlantic Beach — approved construction of 15-foot-high dunes as storm insurance. Those dunes did their job, sparing them catastrophic damage while Long Beach suffered at least $200 million in property and infrastructure losses, according to preliminary estimates.

    Joe Vietri, director of coastal and storm risk management for the corps, toured the damaged coastlines after the 12-to-14-foot storm surge of Hurricane Sandy and came to an inescapable conclusion. “The difference was dramatic for areas with vital and healthy dune systems, which did better than those that did not,” he said in a telephone interview. “You can see the evidence on Point Lookout and Lido Beach, which did much better than Long Beach.”

    Mr. Vietri, who is overseeing a comprehensive coastal damage assessment, says it is too early to provide hard figures on how towns with barriers fared in comparison with those, like Long Beach, without them.

    But up and down the coast, for the most part, dune barriers acted like soft sea walls made of sand and vegetation that even when flattened or breached still managed to protect places like Westhampton Beach on Long Island, Plumb Beach in Brooklyn, and Bradley Beach in Monmouth County, N.J., by blunting the attack of surging waves and tides.

    Richard T. Bianchi Jr., public works supervisor in New Jersey’s Bradley Beach, said the town began building its 15-foot-high dune barrier along the mile-long waterfront in the 1990s by laying 25,000 feet of snow fencing in a saw-tooth pattern down the beach and later adding 20,000 recycled Christmas trees as traps for drifting sand. After wind pushed sand over the structure, shoots of dune grass were planted to further stabilize the barrier.

    When Hurricane Sandy came, the force of the waves flattened the dunes but left the town’s Boardwalk and th
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