Just under two months since Hurricane Idalia affected Sunset Beach, a rapid restoration effort has revived the coastline. This local favorite is back open!
Workers brought in around 200 truckloads of sand daily. This restoration, part of a bigger plan to stabilize the shoreline, included planting different vegetation types, mainly sea oats, to reinforce the newly formed dunes. The new plantings are much smaller than what was there before the hurricane.
Just like other coastal beaches in Florida, these dunes are crucial in preventing damage from water and storms to the surrounding area. The traditional beach wooden walkways are gone, so temporary stakes show safe walking areas for now.
Beachgoers must stay off the new dunes and only walk in designated areas, but it's worth it. The St. Pete Beach area is one of the most beautiful on the Gulf coast of Florida. It can get busy but the vibe is tropical and relaxing.
The parking lots have been checked for safety and are ready for public parking which is pay by meter. They take credit cards.
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