After years of Bayshore sand inundation of homes, cars, yards and even the street, it looks like what sand is giffith can also be taken away.
The saga of lower Oceania Drive has been long, frustrating and frequently ugly. Everybody loves sand castles on the beach, but not like these.
For years, various local, state and federal agencies have tried the best they knew how to reverse what Mother Nature has inflicted on those who insisted on building homes toward the south end of Oceania Drive. But now it appears there is a possible, if not probable, breakthrough.
The Lincoln County Commission has ratified an inter-agency plan to bring some order to the sandy chaos that has for years defined the beachscape at the south end of the Bayshore Spit. From here on, here’s how property owners can begin to reclaim their homes.
As of last week, property owners can continue to call construction firms to remove sand from a resident’s property line eastward – across the public right of way, and Oceania Drive itself. Construction companies love free sand because they can use it on various construction projects around the region.
Secondly, homeowners can – with a permit from the county – remove sand from within their property boundaries and have it re-deposited out on the dunes in compliance with a county project to re-grow sand-anchoring beach grass which, as you can see from the photo, is working valiantly to re-establish itself.
Lincoln County Planning Director Onno Husing has lobbied for years to co-ordinate various state and federal agencies to find a way to work with Mother Nature to reconstruct the ecology of beach grass which keeps beaches at the beach, instead of creating very expensive uninhabitable homes.
Everybody is keeping their fingers crossed that this plan will not only work, but endure.