beach erosion

Ponte Vedra Beach on March 19, 2020.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking to get feedback from residents of St. Johns County as it prepares to conduct a study looking at coastal storm damages and risks along the shores of Ponte Vedra Beach.

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On this episode of Redux, we bring you an update on a 2010 case that was originally ruled a suicide but has since evolved into something altogether different.

Here's the latest on the death of St. Augustine woman Michelle O’Connell from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Walt Bogdanich. 

Then, St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver has left no doubt where she stands on the impact of sea water rise in her area. But when it comes to using the term “global warming,” that’s another story. Find out why.

Also, find out what one politician is doing to help keep police mug shots away from companies looking to make a profit. We’ll then bring you a story about retail trends in Jacksonville, as well as stories about free swim lessons for area youth and beach renourishment.


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The United States has added over two million housings units to the nation's coast in the last 20 years, and construction is not slowing down, according to a new report from Reuters.

Beach erosion, the Duval County School Board, and JAXPORT are in the headlines today.

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The term oceanfront has become a lot more literal for those who have shoreline houses in South Ponte
Vedra.

Several days of high winds and tides washed away sections of beachfront back yards, exposing wires running deep underground.

In an emergency meeting Thursday morning, the St. Johns County Commission declared a local state of emergency in certain areas of South Ponte Vedra and Summer Haven.

“That area of our coast line has experienced an unusual amount of erosion due to high winds and tide,” said St. Johns County Communications Manager Michael Ryan.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a meeting Wednesday to gather public input on solving Flagler Beach’s erosion problems.