technical difficulties arent the reason they dont do it.
The engineers i've talked to that are involved in these projects completely recognize the benefits of creating near shore sand bars which would both protect the dry beach during storms, and reduce the shorepound that swimmers, lifeguards, and surfers (in that order of priority, by the way) have come to hate.
But they dont design these projects that way and the reason they dont do it is simple political fear that they will be accused of spending money on something you cant "see". People already accuse the projects of being a waste of money because the sand just washes away. Imagine how much grief they would get if they didnt even put the sand on the beach in the first plase...no matter how much sense it makes. Local politicians and chambers of commerce want to see a HUGE WIDE DRY BEACH for the millions of dollars they spend. Thousands of tourists fat butts on sand is the reason you they spend the millions of dollars pumping sand up on huge beaches rather than using a design that benefits swimmers, surfers and other users.
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Thread: Beach Pumping
Sep 9, 2009, 11:04 PM #31
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Mitchell, that is a great point that makes me kinda sick to my stomach.
I wish i surfed during those sandy hook days. The pics look sick
Sep 10, 2009, 12:17 AM #34Junior Member
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I'm heading out to sea isle tomorrow so i'll let you guys know it's breaking down there.
In hindsight it was sick, too bad I didn't know how sick at the time .
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Sep 10, 2009, 01:59 AM #36Northender Guest
beach pumping destroyed my break in virginia beach. Well sorta. They put this drainage run off 1000 feet of the beach, and now the northend is all shore break, even on big swells, reminds me of the obx. Its whateva tho, both its pluss, and disadvandeges. Super tubes= mass of broken boards
Sep 10, 2009, 03:16 AM #37
Several sand pumpings over the past 15 years have destroyed the quality, quanity and character of surf breaks along the Ocean City coastline and are in the process of doing the same in Delaware. The engineers have been to the till a couple of times and have depleted the source of matching sands so things will only get worse. Personally, I'd like to see groins every two to three blocks again.
oh man the memories
I have always thought, without knowing for sure, that sand bar creation was entirely feasible as well as entirely desirable, and as such I had no idea why it wasn't done.
It is unfortunate that politicians have such a tin ear about this. I spent a considerable amount of time on vacation this year driving from north Ocean City Maryland to the south end because my youngest daughter loves swimming in the ocean where there is a sand bar.
Exposing swimmers to the dangers of a shore break for cosmetic reasons is unconscionable.
Sep 10, 2009, 01:51 PM #40Member
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We should organize a protest and demand the better option for pumping next time they try to pump our beaches.