Sunset Beach still recovering from Tropical Storm Debby

9:19 AM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Pinellas County's Sunset Beach, before suffering from major beach erosion due to Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012.



TREASURE ISLAND, Florida (AP) - Months after Tropical Storm Debby, Pinellas County still isn't sure if it can restore a picturesque island beach to what it once was.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Sunset Beach, an eclectic community tucked into Treasure Island's out-of-the-way southern tip, was among the Pinellas beaches that saw the worst of the late-June storm. As Debby made landfall north of Cedar Key, storm surge and waves had already eaten their way through the beach and were working on the dunes here.

Officials say Sunset Beach is a hot spot for erosion.

It was one of the first local beaches to be renourished and now is rebuilt about once every four years.

It's not certain whether the county can continue to secure $20 million in funding to rebuild Sunset Beach.

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