|Published:||Jun 26, 2012 11:56 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 26, 2012 11:56 PM EDT|
CAPTIVA ISLAND - Captiva Island is also dealing with some erosion issues. Beach goers there are finding there isn't much beach at all!
Miami resident Carmen Blanco has been coming to captiva for the past 40 years.
"We've never ever seen it like this. This is just absolutely incredible," she says.
Since Tropical Storm Debby has blown through, tourists say Captiva's once beautiful beach now leaves something to be desired.
"We used to come here and sit on the beach and this is where you would come and get the parasail and there was no place to get a parasail," says Tom O'Connor.
Tourist Tom O'Connor says the erosion here was taller than he is standing up.
"It was literally 6 feet down to the water. The water came in you could not see the bottom," he says.
He says today while the erosion has gone down by a few feet, some locals are still concerned it could get worse.
"It's one of the worst beach erosionsIi've ever seen in 25 years. Just for being a tropical storm, not a hurricane," says Lydia Murphy.
Lydia Murphy manages the Mucky Duck restaurant just off the water. It's why this tide and this erosion is a big concern for her business.
"It's actually taken out all the pylons and the rope lines that mark off our sea oats so there's no beach left," she says.
Even when compared to Hurricane Charley, folks say Debby is leaving her mark.
"We like the nature of the island and to see this it's just extremely sad," says Blonco.