Hibiscus Living Shoreline Restoration Project has been planted!
As part of a Living Shoreline Restoration Project, on 8-11-2014, 2500+ Smooth Cord Grass plants (Spartina alterniflora) were planted by some 30+ volunteers. Volunteers included Hibiscus By The Bay residents, folks from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA), Panama City and Panama City Beach residents.
We even had Superman show up to help plant!
The Hibiscus Condo Association recently sent and email out to the ownership communicating something along the following:
You can access the Bay at the east end of the property behind the tennis courts. If your unit is occupied by a tenant, please inform them of this request.
Many folks worked hard to get those plants planted. Please be respectful of the hard work and stay away from the plants along the water line and in the water.
Why did the community and the association decide do this project? This project was proposed because the Hibiscus shoreline is experiencing quite a lot of erosion. More than 12 feet in some locations. See photos below. This project was not a “beautification” project as may have been the perception of some who live here. It was a necessary project. Living Shoreline Restoration can be effective in stopping shoreline erosion. It is also comparatively VERY inexpensive to complete. Learn more here.
See these two photos for what the shoreline looked like not too long ago and what it looks like now.
To be fair, there are other potential solutions. For example, the community could install a seawall or bulkhead. The disadvantages to a seawall are:
- Lengthy costly permitting process
- Seawalls are MAJOR construction and would be very disruptive to the community
- Seawalls are VERY COSTLY and may require a Special Assessment to fund!
- A permitted seawall would likely include a requirement for rock rip-rap. Again, not very human access friendly. 🙁
- Living Shorelines when established accrete land. Properties actually gain land as the shoreline extends further and further into the water. Seawalls do not.
- Seawalls take away your easy access to the water. Check out the seawall/bulkhead at the Marina Landing condo near the bridge.
Learn more about seawalls here.
The choices are pretty clear. The community chose to try an inexpensive Living Shoreline Restoration solution. If the marsh grass grows like we hope it does, it will create some inconvenience when trying to access the water. In order to access the water you may have to wade through some grasses. The other choice, a costly seawall running the length of the property would likely include rock rip-rap. Access to the water would be very limited.
Personally we are glad the Hibiscus Association has chosen the former over the latter! Please, if you have any questions or comments, dont hesitate to contact me.
The following video was done by one of our local television stations.
In closing I again say thank you to all those that volunteered and thank you to everyone who has made a donation to RMA! if you haven’t made a donation its still not too late to do that by the way. 🙂
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Have a HAPPY day! Mike and Vivian Foate