The original $20 to $30 million renourishment project on Panama City Beach was supposed to be finished in two to three months, but Arlene, Dennis, and now Katrina have put the project on hold. The bad news is we're still in the heat of hurricane season.
Pinnacle Port at Phillips Inlet remains one of the hardest hit areas on the beach. Water can be seen splashing against the side of the towers.
Four miles east of there huge waves could also be seen crashing against the City Pier, already severely damaged from Hurricane Dennis.
Panama City Beach officials say no individual homes have been lost, but again much of the sand in front of them has been washed away. Its a scenario that gets worse with each major storm.
Lisa Armbruster is the renourishment coordinator for the Tourist Development Council and says, "It is a little frustrating but that's why the beach renourishment project is there. Its unfortunate that we keep testing it. It would be nice to get in place and have it last a little while before we have another major storm, but that is why the beach renourishment project is there."
It will be some time before beach management crews can assess the damage. Rough surf conditions should last for at least another day or two. Officials say Panama City Beach seas were as high as 10 to 15 feet at shore and almost 30 feet high several miles from shore.