Storm surge occurring from tropical weather systems create the need for this periodic renewal of the beach. The beach restoration process itself is fascinating to watch; a large ship pumps the sand from an off-shore site carefully chosen so the sand will match in color, size and shape. After all, the goal is to maintain the famous sugar-white sands that squeak as you walk to the water’s edge. Once the sand reaches its destination, equipment is used to spread it and then it’s raked to ensure it’s loose enough for sea turtles to nest each year.
As the equipment quickly makes its way down the beach, spreading as much as 2.2 million cubic feet of sand, the expanded width of the beach is clearly noticeable. Workers then follow the redistribution of sand with the planting of sea oats and other dune restoration vegetation to promote the natural building of sand dunes.
Although you may not visit during one of the actual beach renourishment projects, no doubt you will see the results of the soft, clean, freshly restored shoreline as you enjoy your top five things to do at the beach during your next trip to the Gulf Coast.