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Singer Island erosion damage prevention plan hits barrier

April 05, 2010 03:37PM

A plan to protect Singer Island’s posh oceanfront real estate from erosion damage has reached a breaking point as Palm Beach County last week withdrew its application to install breakwaters offshore. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which issues federal environmental permits, urged the county to withdraw from the process because it said the breakwaters — 11 limestone and granite boulders intended to prevent wave damage to beachfront condominiums — would disturb the sea turtles in the area, according to Leanne Welch, the county’s shoreline program supervisor. Welch said the county, which has also applied to build breakwaters at South Palm Beach and at Reach 8 in Palm Beach is looking at ways to redesign the $30 million Singer Island project. [Palm Beach Daily News]