PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- As the last sands of a $30 million beach renourishment project wash back into the Gulf of Mexico, some Florida Panhandle officials are seeking state and federal permits and funding from oil spill fines to shore up the beaches before the 2015 tourism season.
However, critics say it's time to consider more sustainable ways of dealing with coastal erosion.
Escambia County pumped 7.2 million cubic yards of sand onto Pensacola Beach between 2002 and 2006. Now that much of that sand is gone, the gulf is washing closer and closer to hotels, condominiums and roads.
Reports say that some areas of the beach are so narrow that lifeguard trucks have difficulty patrolling the shoreline.
Beach and county officials want another $30 million to renourish the beaches.