A few things are certain along the coast. The waves come and the waves go, and with each move, so does the sand.
Over the years, Kathy Fagan has seen the dune supporting A1A in front of her restaurant slowly disappear.
“It's scary, especially when there's hurricanes out there," said Fagan, the co-owner of By the Sea Cafe, "because we have a business right here. If we didn't have A1A, we wouldn't have any street frontage.”
The US Army Corps of Engineers is studying the erosion along 18 miles of the Flagler County coastline.
After a decade of studies, the plan now is to reinforce just over two and a half miles beach in Flagler Beach.
By extending the dune 10 feet with sand brought up from the ocean floor some seven miles out, it's believed that will keep State Road A1A from failing.
Important, because the road is the only major north-south evacuation route along the coast.
There are a lot of government agencies involved in this project. Normally, you'd think that'd be a hindrance. But actually, in this case, it could help.
If this project gets the go-ahead, it'll cost $43.5 million over 50 years. That money would be spread among local, state and federal budgets.
Faith Alkhatib is the Flagler County Public Works director and the county's point-person in the project.
“This is a perfect project to have a good partnership and come up with some source of funding to do one project," Alkhatib said. "Instead of each of go and create a project and waste the taxpayers' money.”
This is a draft report, and public comments are welcome now through February 17.
While it's an important step in fixing a problem that is not going away, that fix isn't happening anytime soon.
“I think within a couple of years we might some kind of improvement there. That's my goal,” Alkhatib said.
A public meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as state and local agencies involved with the project is planned for next month.