Lee's effects drastically slim Destin Harbor entrance

By: Danielle Koleniak Email
By: Danielle Koleniak Email

Monday's bad weather caused some serious problems for the Destin
Harbor, specifically the Destin pass.

High winds and waves partially closed the channel.

The Destin pass is the only channel between The Harbor and The Gulf, which also makes it an economic lifeline.

"This is our life of Destin is this harbor right here. This thing gets closed off- it's drastic to us. It completely shuts down fishermen because we can't get out of there," said Phoenix Charter Boat Captain Scott Robson.

High winds and waves from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee blew the sand from Norriego Point into the channel Monday.

It's only about 40 feet wide now, meaning only one boat can pass through the waterway at a time.

Local boat captains say the city needs to repair the problem now,
before things get worse.

"When winter comes on, that's when start getting lower tides because all the north wind blows all the water out of the bays and out of here so this sand will become more and more exposed. This water is going to drop down so what happens is all this sand gets exposed you can't get out of here and you run ground," said Robson.

Destin city officials are already paying attention.

"We cannot even have another tropical storm or depression come through at all because of the fact this could fill in quicker than it has in this last storm and it can permanently impact every single business not only on the harbor but every single business," said Destin Mayor Sam Seevers.

Seevers says the city will discuss a list of recommendations at Tuesday's city council meeting, and hope to act immediately.

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