Vol 5 No. 43 - July 13, 2005
Storm blows past Island, chews
The beach near the Seaside Inn and Resort
in Bradenton Beach was torn away by the
hurricane, exposing part of an old structure,
including stairs, part of a foundation and
an old seawall, along with giant riprap
SUN PHOTO/CINDY LANE
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Hurricane Dennis swept past the Island about 200
miles out, too far to cause an major damage but
close enough to re-flame that "hurricane
paranoia" that everyone felt last year.
Huge tides Saturday and Sunday brought water near
the tops of some seawalls and in some cases, over
them damaging landscaping.
In Bradenton Beach, Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter had crews on duty all weekend dealing
with high water that caused some drama near the
Bridge Street Pier.
"It was almost a comedy of errors,"
she said about a sailboat docked near the pier
that broke loose and headed toward the pier parking
lot. "We had people trying to get it re-moored,
but that didn't work and it only made the situation
worse. At one time, the mast was threatening the
clock tower as the boat rocked back and forth."
The boat finally beached itself in the rocks at
the pier parking lot. Poindexter said she is tired
of dealing with the boats anchored off the pier
and will be happy when the city gets a mooring
field there to control or get rid of the derelict
boats. She said the dinghy dock itself is almost
gone from being battered by boats and submerged
by the high tide. A private pier at Eighth Street
South was destroyed, but Poindexter said the citys
pier is in good shape, although the high tides
brought the water up to its underside.
On the beach side, Poindexter said there was a
lot of erosion.
"The sand is gone at Katie Pierola Park,"
she said. "With the help of Manatee County,
we estimated the damage from erosion on the beaches
The crews moved public works equipment off the
Island, had the files ready to move and shuttered
the buildings before the storm, according to Poindexter.
She said they estimated protective measures cost
the city $17,000 to $18,000, which the city can
get reimbursed from the federal government if
the president declares the area part of a natural
disaster. Overall, she said, we escaped the worst.
"There were no reports of private property
damage reported to my department," she said.
"We spent about $5,000 on debris removal,
but most of that was sand, landscaping and vegetation
from the Gulf."
There was no problem in Holmes Beach, according
to Skip Nunn, of the Public Works Department.
"We didn't lose any trees that we know of,"
he said. "The worst problem was flooded roads
during the high tides."
Nunn said they had sand stockpiled near city hall
for those who wanted to make sandbags, but few
people availed themselves of it.
The erosion was a problem all along the beaches
and the storm did not turn back the red tide,
according to Kim Prichard, an Island resident
who is a lifeguard at Coquina Beach. Prichard
said it went away for a while during the high
waves and winds Saturday, but it returned Sunday
and the fumes remain strong this week.
"We lost maybe one and a half to two feet
of sand along the beach," he said, "but
there was minor damage to tree limbs along the
In Longboat Key, the beach renourishment project
suffered some setbacks during Hurricane Dennis,
but the projects technical advisor, Cliff
Truitt, says things could have been much worse.
"Everybody seems impressed that the losses
were pretty minimal," he said.
"We lost some of the white sand," said
James Linkogle, public works project manager for
the Town of Longboat Key, adding that surveyors
will have to determine how much. "In one
section, north of the Diplomat Hotel, we lost
quite a bit."
But the coarse sand that was placed underneath
the white sand held up well.
"It has been reshaped, but its still
on shore," he said.
More sand was lost at the north of the key, he
said. The town is still waiting for news on whether
the north end will be added to the beach renourishment
Depending on whether the key is declared a disaster
area, the town may be able to get funds to replace
the missing sand, he said.
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