Beach Erosion, Wild Dunes, SC
Beach erosion is relentless, especially if your beach home is facing the possibility of being washed away. The winter of 2014 was hard on beachfront property in Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms, SC. These are pictures of huge bags of sand placed in front of relentless high tides and northeasters that dominated that winter. Every morning before dawn trucks would race up the beach with sand dug out of an area that had plenty of beach. It was only a temporary reprieve. To make matters worse, primary dunes along the area where the sand was dug are now losing beach.
Not much can stop the Atlantic Ocean. Not the frail barrier islands. They have been moving and changing for millennia, and no one ever built a house on one until developers realized what a prize they were. Sadly, the prize is always moving, always changing. That is what makes them so beautiful, so desirable to buyers. Ephemeral beauty is hard to build anything lasting on.