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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Beach gone bad

Portions of the beach on Anna Maria Island suffered some erosion during the storm that passed through the area April 13-14. This photo taken near the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria shows a new escarpment established by the about 30 feet from the vegetation line. Marine scientists, however, say the loss of beach is a natural phenomenon from a westerly storm and the sand should return during the next few months. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin