Beach erosion causes road to collapse

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SARASOTA – Residents on Siesta Key are dealing with some serious erosion along Beach Road -- or what used to be Beach Road.

Nearby homeowners say the road started crumbling after high waves associated with Hurricane Sandy came ashore. Barricades are now set up to keep visitors out of harm's way.

Homeowners say they've never seen anything quite like this. “It's been an inconvenience also for the neighborhood, because people used to walk down here to get to the beach, and now they can't,” says resident Don Lichter.

“It's just amazing to see the erosion, what's gone on over the years. I remember when you used to be able to drive down the road and watch the beach, and then the people that live here, actually that owned the properties, they've lost a lot of opportunities for rental,” says Siesta Key visitor Rick Leyser.

Sarasota County hopes to get money from FEMA so it can permanently fix the road. Repairs could cost about $2 million.

In the meantime, the county will dump cement on the street, so cars can drive through. That should happen within the next month.