Over 1.5 million dollars of taxpayers money was spent on a 2004 experimental project to save Upham Beach. Geotextile tubes were placed in an effort to slow the sand erosion process on a wave-breaking beach. Today, and since the middle of 2006, these yellow tubes are exposed and can been seen lining the Gulf shore.
Costly repairs are scheduled to begin in May 2008 to include a beach re-nourishment. In addition, a "rock jetty" replacement structure looms on the horizon - currently slated for 2012 (with a re-nourishment to cover the bags scheduled in 2009).
We, the undersigned, are joining one voice to say Upham beach is not a place for experimentation. The Geotextile tubes are a danger to the public, ineffective, and a waste of taxpayer money.
We respectfully ask that no further funding be spent on the structures - except for their removal.
We request the State of Florida, Pinellas County, and City of St Pete Beach to Free Upham Beach of the five (5) man made objects.
We the undersigned request no further public funds be used to repair or replace the Upham Beach Geotextile Tubes located in St. Pete Beach,
Florida. We recommend no similar jetty or rock structure be installed.
We further request no further public funds are used to re-nourish the Upham Beach sand until the Five (5) Geotextile Tubes have been completely removed.
Our united stance: the geotextile tubes are a danger, an eyesore, a hindrance to tourism, and a waste of City, County, and State tax dollars.
Thank you for your time and consideration of our request.