Here’s a happy follow-up to a long-running beach saga: Erosion control measures have been successfully implemented on Florida’s Hideaway Beach, and despite a few minor cost overruns, the city of Marco Island, which provided a temporary loan for the project, is going to get its money paid back as planned.
As we noted last year, portions of the beach were eroding so severely that condominiums were threatened; by some estimates, two-thirds of the beach had washed away. Plans for beach renourishment (adding sand) and construction of erosion control structures like T-groins were estimated at close to $2 million. The gated community of Hideaway Beach does have a special tax to cover such work, but it sought additional emergency funding from the city of Marco Island. In March, Marco Island okay’d a $500,000 loan at 2.5%, which is due next February. The project was completed in July, and Hideaway now expects to repay the loan by January.
Work still remains to be done, including long-term monitoring and potentially deep-tilling the renourished areas if needed. Tilling needs to be scheduled to avoid turtle nesting season.
StormCon Abstracts Due November 14
StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, is now seeking abstracts for presentations at StormCon 2014. The conference will take place August 3 – 7, 2014, in Portland, OR. Abstracts are due November 14, 2013.
We are seeking abstracts in seven conference tracks:
* BMP Case Studies
* Green Infrastructure
* Stormwater Program Management
* Water-Quality Monitoring
* Industrial Stormwater Management
* Advanced Research Topics
* Coastal Protection
More information on the conference and the individual tracks is available at www.StormCon.com, along with an online abstract submittal form.