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Dramatic erosion transforms waterfronts on Manasota Key

MANASOTA KEY, Fla. – An issue that residents have battled for months on Manasota Key just intensified in the apparent aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin.

Beach erosion on Manasota Key is an ongoing problem that reached a critical level for several property owners after Monday’s storms. Two condo complexes and two homes along the beach were deemed unsafe or in need of significant repairs.

Bob Seitz, a Charlotte County homeowner, said there was little he could do from his home in Minnesota.

“We originally lost a lot of our beach in a January storm and it’s kind of been continually losing it and this last storm that came in, you know was pretty devastating. We lost quite a bit of our bank, so to speak. It tore out our stairway to the beach, exposed some more of our tiling for our building,” he said.

In one of the homes, there was an eight to 10 foot drop in the place where the deck once was.

Commissioners will vote on a firm that will be tasked with creating a 10-year beach re-nourishment plan.

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