Q&A: Only the Few?
Doesn't a West End solution serve just the
interests of a few?
A restoration of the West End south shoreline has support from a wide variety of
people - West Enders, East Enders, off-islanders, renters and even
day-visitors who have no financial stake in keeping the West End intact.
Property owners and visitors alike love the island and want to see
the south shore restored. People enjoy being able to walk the
beach, and swim or fish in the Gulf waters off the West
so much of the public beach has eroded, we now have to walk under houses
or turn back.
Also, it is estimated that West End properties provide
70% of total revenue for the island. (See
Revenue.) This is hardly
serving the interests of only a few. The public services
provided by the Town of Dauphin Island - which serve the entire
island - would surely be impacted if revenue from the
West End was severely diminished or lost entirely.
Other coastal communities manage to secure tens of
millions, or even hundreds of millions of dollars in local, state and
federal funding to restore and maintain their beaches and shoreline. Why shouldn't Dauphin Island get similar help?
Most importantly, note that the Task Force seeks
restoration solutions for ALL shoreline areas, particularly public beach
areas. We do emphasize the most in-crisis areas of the West
End at the present time because of the exponentially accelerating
erosion there, and the imminent danger to homes and infrastructure.
But our interest is in preserving the entire island. We are all in
this together. Any reduction of public beach, public amenities or
public services anywhere on the island (as well as loss of
private property) reduces our tax base, tourism revenue and ultimately,
our quality of life on the island. Of course we care about the
See our Downloads
page for a slide show which outlines a proposal for an interim shoreline
stabilization solution to address all public beach areas of the
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