Beach erosion in Palm Beach
Palm Beach is one of the most well known from the chain of the barrier islands, separating the Atlantic Ocean from Florida's mainland, for its wealth and history. Flagler himself established the island as the home of the rich and famous about 120 years ago.
Palm Beach's challenge is the ongoing beach erosion that eats away its Atlantic coastal line. The island is located just SE from the Palm Beach inlet that connects the Intracoastal waterway with the Atlantic Ocean. The intracoastal water is a swallow body of water that spans from Miami all the way north to Canada and delimits the barrier reef islands from mainland USA.
The Palm Beach inlet has a 50 years old sand transfer plant (located at Singer island) that shoots sand under the inlet and feeds the north beaches of Palm Beach. This plant runs inefficiently and the owners of the north end of Palm Beach are suing the Army Corps of engineers who are responsible for maintaining the Palm Beach inlet and its jetty. The jetty blocks the southbound flow of the sand and therefore the sand transfer plant is used.
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