A slice of the beach
Among so much Hurricane Michael carried away was a section of beach, at first about a quarter-mile wide, as deep as 30 feet, at Eagle Harbor in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.
In effect, what became known as “Michael’s Cut” split the park in two, leaving the hiking and camping areas isolated by water, an island.
A town hall meeting hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission garnered a near unanimous vocal opinion that nature should be left to its devices and the cut left alone.
There was also much speculation that the bountiful scallop season enjoyed this year was due to the “flushing” of St. Joseph Bay by the Gulf water flowing in.
But there was also an overwhelming response by mail and email to the FDEP encouraging the breach be repaired and the campground re-opened.
To a significant extent, Mother Nature overruled and, with prevailing currents along the peninsula the breach was steadily filled in by sand accreting from the south.
And, the FDEP decided, in order to have a more stable roadbed and reopen the campground to pitch in an additional $2 million to the county’s beach restoration project to address the breach.