‘It’s been a losing battle’ : Seawall collapses in South Ponte Vedra as coast reels from storms

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Action News Jax got a closer look at a seawall falling apart in South Ponte Vedra Beach and how it threatens a number of homes already on the brink of major destruction.
Neighbor Joe Solcz, speaking to Action News Jax, said sand dunes from a reclamation project used to be as tall as his concrete wall, but they're all gone now.
The tide can also be seen ripping into part of the seawall a few doors down while contractors work to save the homes beyond.
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"Repairs are being made, but you know, it's been a losing battle the past few days," Solcz said.
A few houses down from Solcz, the sea seems to have the upper hand. Powerful waves have broken through a seawall and threaten even more damage. "The boys are saving the house [behind the breach] right now," he pointed out.
Our Action News Jax First Alert Weather Team says a weather pattern known as the local Nor'easter brought moderately strong winds and it wouldn't normally be a big deal, but according to Ian and Nicole, the coast is teetering.
"It was a big pit in my stomach," Solcz said of the uncertainty. He has been in Ponte Vedra since 2016 and had to rebuild his seawall after Hurricane Matthew.
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"[We got] a great, quality wall that was deep," he pointed out. "How much did it cost?" asked Action News Jax reporter Jessica Barreto. "It was about $175 [a thousand dollars], and then we had to fill it in with soil," he explained.
Even with that barrier, he wonders what a direct impact of a hurricane or storm would look like.
"These [storms] are coming all around us and it's been pretty tough," Solcz shared.
Even after that investment, he says if his neighbors don't agree on a sturdier seawall, he'll likely be forced to move and sell his dream home.
"I think someone will like it because it's built right," he assured.
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"There probably isn't an extremely long-term solution, but I think a continuous, well-built seawall that's very deep will help these homes last another decade or so, I don't know," he added.
Our Action News Jax First Alert Weather Team say the high surf in the area will also continue throughout the weekend.
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