We recently gave an update about the restoration project at Sunset Beach which left about a mile stretch closed to the public. Now the work is being finalized, here’s a timeline of events:
- Saturday, Aug. 26–Thursday, Aug. 31: Despite coming no closer than 100 miles to the shoreline, Hurricane Idalia severely damaged the beach’s 40-year-old dune structure.
- Friday, Sept. 22: Roughly one mile of the beach was closed by Treasure Island officials south of Caddy’s. Phase One of the project began and brought hundreds of trucks to dump sand + replenish what Idalia washed away.
- Monday, Oct. 16: Workers began reintroducing plants to the dunes, including sea oats and beach elder as part of Phase Two. The plants catch sand and help dunes stay to compact + protect the community against tides and storm surges.
- This weekend: The beach is expected to reopen to the public.