Don’t Worry It’s Just Scarping
Fall beachgoers have noted the shoreline now features a noticeable drop where the high tide line meets the beach. Formed by wave erosion, the run of four foot cliffs have been reported where major sand replenishment has been done.
According to Dan Falt, Project Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers, “This is called ‘scarping’ and it’s what generally is to be expected as the construction profile adjusts to a more natural slope. It usually happens more gradually, but this storm seemed to move the sand around pretty well. It will smooth out shortly.”
He added that “not much” sand was actually lost.
The Army Corps of Engineers giveth, and the sea taketh away.
Clearly visible to the east and to the west, wave action has carried away a sizeable portion of beach sand, leaving an approximate four foot drop along the shore.
The gap is high enough that surfers and other beachgoers need to climb up to get onto the rest of the beach.
Photos by Dan Guarino