To celebrate we were invited to view The Shifting Sands, a short film created by the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum. Amongst other aspects of shifting sand, the film highlighted beach dunes and groins as ways to help with beach erosion. It just so happens Madeira Beach has both!
While hurricane Idalia may have taken out many of our dune systems, Pinellas County Government has helped us replace and replant the dune system to gradually get back to what it was. While we are in this process we kindly ask for folks to stay on the provided paths and out of the roped off areas to give the sea oats a chance to grow.
Like we mentioned above Madeira Beach is also home to beach groins, which are cement structures in the water to help interrupt water flow. This will limit the movement of sediment resulting in less beach erosion. These groins are why Madeira Beach has not needed any beach renourishment like many of the other barrier islands!
Make sure to stop by the Indian Rocks Historical Museum to check out the film, The Shifting Sands, and their surrounding exhibits!