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Tropical Storm Colin causes beach erosion along Manasota Key

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 19:05:23-04
ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - Coastal communities are assessing extensive damage after wind gusts from Tropical Storm Colin swept across the region, ripping apart docks and eroding beaches along Manasota Key.
 
"Lot of major erosion. It's going crazy right now just trying to keep stuff from floating away," said Mark Meredith, a contractor working to repair damage from Tropical Storm Colin.
 
Today, waves are still knocking on people's doorsteps. Residents fear the water is getting too close to home.
 
"Yesterday when we were watching this storm, a piece of this siding underneath the window went flying off," said Bob Stanley, a resident of Manasota Key. 
 
Residents say they've witnessed the beach disappearing more and more each year and they fear their homes could be in jeopardy.
 
"So far the rocks are holding up and I am worried about it, but the County is talking about a beach revampment program," said Bob Stanley. "Three days ago we were just walking down on the sand, just barely. We could walk all the way up on the edge at low tide but it's going to be a while before we can do that again."