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Boca beach checkup… so far, so good

A 12-point checkup of Boca’s beaches got a thumbs up from the city’s beach expert.

Jennifer Bistyga took stock along nearly 4.5 miles of sand after Dorian’s ocean visit last week. Beach erosion was minimal.

“We did not lose a lot,” Boca’s coastal program manager said. “You can see some sand sitting offshore. Some sand will work its way back in.

“You see this after every storm. In this storm, the beaches held up,” she added. “Having the dune system we have really helps. The dunes protect the beaches.”

Bistyga uses a survey wheel to measure the dozen spots on the beaches before and after a storm.

What happens next? A more formal approach.

She met Friday [Sept. 6] and will again soon with the Army Corps of Engineers, Palm Beach County and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The city’s consultant, Applied Technology & Management, “will potentially do a more formal measurement. It’s not just the consultant, it’s with other agencies,” she said. “The city will decide.”

Their pre-storm survey conducted in June set a baseline. “That was part of a permit requirement and we use it to save costs,” Bistyga added.

Meanwhile, the city’s beach furniture vendor is back. You can see the blue umbrellas on the city’s beach cam.

Boca is posting a swimming advisory from Palm Beach County due to storm.

By Marci Shatzman

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