Urgent: Manasota Key Beach Renourishment


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 5th, 2016 – Charlotte County will have to fast track its 10-year beach renourishment program particularly at the northern end of Manasota Key noted for prime choices of Englewood condos for sale. The coastal erosion here is posing an immediate threat to many gulf-side condos and single family homes along North Beach Road, aside from adversely affecting local tourism.

In the aftermath of tropical storm Colin in June 2016, two homes along this road were declared unsafe. Their foundations were severely compromised following the loss of about 20 feet of beach during the storm. Two gulf front condominium buildings on North Beach Road have also been placed under close monitoring.

Emergency Remedial Measures

Urgent: Manasota Key Beach Renourishment

The Manatee County Commission has already declared a local state of emergency in order to quickly provide temporary remedial measures in the current hurricane season. Sandbags have been provided to the affected properties, and the permitting process is being streamlined for repairs and sea wall construction for some homes and buildings. Property owners need to get approvals of permits from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, which could be a tedious process.

It was only in March 2016 that the county commission voted unanimous approval on hiring a consultant for the design of the Manasota Key beach renourishment project. This move followed the release also that month of a study showing that the North Manasota Key shoreline is failing because the beach erosion there is already so severe.

The most recent beach repair in Manasota Key was in 2011. Since 2003, there had been three beach renourishment projects here, pouring in over 400,000 cubic yards on the south end of this barrier island off Englewood.

Two-phased Beach Repairs

The planned beach restoration calls for an initial phase and periodic nourishment of the shoreline. The efforts will be focused on Manasota Key’s northern end starting from the county line up to the southern edge of Chadwick Park. Initially, the renourishment would lay 654,000 cubic yards of sand along 10,540 feet of coastline.

The recent approval on the hiring of a consultant for the beach renourishment design paves the way for the county’s search for sources of funding for the project which is estimated to cost $21 million. The design consultancy alone carries a price tag of $1.5 million. It will be paid from Charlotte’s share in the federal settlement funds with the oil company BP for damages in its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Area Jewels to Protect

Fund disbursements for coastal rehabilitation especially at the North Manasota Key beach would indeed be money well allocated and well spent. The stretch of North Beach Road here is lined with amazing choices of Englewood condos for sale, many of which are longtime vacation rentals generating significant tourism revenues for the county.

There is new construction here too—The Waves of Manasota Key, a five-unit luxury condominium expected to be finished this December 2016. Two of its units are currently sales-listed amongst Englewood condos for sale with their prices both quoted at $1.65 million.

Housed in a low-rise building with a contemporary architectural style, the Waves condo units flaunt living areas of around 3,000 square feet with three bedrooms and three and a half baths. Each unit has its own private infinity pool, besides a spa and an outdoor kitchen. The condominium building has a terraced design allowing up to 1,000-square-foot private balconies perfect for a coastal lifestyle especially after Manasota Beach has been fully renourished.