Beach erosion occurring on Englewood coast

Published: April 4, 2019 6:47 PM EDT
Updated: April 4, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

The shoreline on Englewood’s coast is shrinking. The tide is eroding the sand, creating more than a three-foot drop. Local says the beach needs more sand before someone gets hurt.

Charlotte County plans to spend $22 million in taxpayer money to take one million cubic yards of sand offshore and spread it over four miles along Manasota Key beach in Englewood.

The project is expected to begin winter 2019. The multi-million dollar project is being viewed as a long-term solution. The county previously tried to protect the shoreline with sandbags, but the tide washed them back into the Gulf of Mexico.