Beach Erosion along Baldwin Beaches

Beach Erosion along Baldwin Beaches

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Something is missing in Steve Williams back yard. "We had our tents, our ice chest and coolers and everything probably 50 feet out there or maybe even further than that but now it's underwater," says Williams.

The beach is disappearing right before his families eyes, like the uncle who visited last summer.

"He couldn't believe how much beach was gone. He remembered it being a hundred yards to the water. Now it's thirty feet."

The erosion problem is not just along Fort Morgan, it's all up an down the coast.

"We are getting those calls this winter." Brandan Franklin with the city of Gulf Shores says the beach seems to be eroding faster this winter than in years past. The city has consulted a coastal engineer who says it's because of the unusual winter. "We've had winter storms coming in from the north and we got hot weather coming in the next week. It's just happened so rapid every other week it seems like this year. Because of the storms that we've had we've had more erosion," says Franklin.

"I've been here forty years," says Williams. "For the first thirty we lost maybe a foot a year and the last ten years we've been losing 20 feet a year."

Experts say the sand is still there, just off shore and as Spring approaches the beaches will rebuild.

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