Irma stripped Brevard beaches, requires another renourishment project

By Greg Pallone, Brevard County Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 4:14 PM EDT

Irma caused millions in erosion damage on Brevard beaches -- and now yet another renourishment project is planned to bring back sand washed away.

  • Another beach renourishment project needed after Irma
  • Brevard County to ask FEMA for $4 million
  • County is hoping to start the project in November

Brevard County Natural Resources conducted a beach survey after the storm.

The latest dune restoration project in the south beaches and mid-reach areas did their job protecting beachfront homes.

"The engineered dunes protected all our upland properties, roads and infrastructure," said Mike McGarry of Brevard Natural Resources.

But McGarry says there was some erosion, and the county will ask for FEMA help on the order of $4 million for Irma.

There are still unrepaired areas from Matthew though, so the entire renourishment project is expected to run around $8 million.

It's like deja vu all over again.

"It's kind of frustrating," said Franco Massacessi of Satellite Beach.

Massacessi's oceanfront home is teetering close to falling onto the beach -- again.

The back deck, with its heavenly ocean view, is hanging on by a thread, all due to Irma's wrath, which pounded the shoreline.

Nearly the same thing happened during Hurricane Matthew, less than a year ago.

"For us to be secure, we don't want to step out there a lot," he said.

Pictures he took before the storm tell the tale. Plenty of sand bolstering the dune line, supporting the property.

Now post Irma, all that sand is washed away -- again. They've decided to quit coastal living and move to Orlando.

It's time to repair this property and rent it out.

Per the city of Satellite Beach, it's the property owners' responsibility to hire a private contractor to replace the dunes that washed away.

The county is hoping to begin the next renourishment project in November.