Cape San Blas Renourishment Project

By: Sabrina Zimring
By: Sabrina Zimring

Alberto may not have cause too much damage to Cape San Blas, but you don't have the look for to find damage from other recent storms.

A fence used to mark the boundary to the St. Park. Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, Rita, Katrina damaged the beach and dunes that used to be behind it.

The Cape San Blas peninsula is designated as critically eroding, and residents say they can see the change in the shoreline.

"This is an example of hurricane damage, and if we don't take action to restore our beaches, what could happen to the other property further down the beach?"

"We have 60 houses condemned since last year’s hurricane season. Unless we restore our beaches we're gonna loose 60 to 150 properties across the shoreline."

If Cape San Blas homeowners approve the $12 million beach renourishment project, the majority of the money will come out of their pocket.

For example, on a $500,000 property, a Gulf-front owner would pay an extra $2,100 in taxes. Other Cape owners would pay $725, and inland owners would pay and extra $420.

The property owners would get some help from the one-cent Gulf County bed tax, and $3 million from the state.

"The majority of people of people understand what it's going to do in terms of keeping access to our homes and creating a better beach for us to live on. There are people against it and they just don't want anymore taxes."

"We're taxed enough."

The Gulf County elections supervisor will mail the tax ballots at the end of this week, and are due back by July 6. For more information on the renourishment tax, you can attend a town hall meeting this Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the St. Joseph Bay Country Club.


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