Wilbur-by-the-Sea owners denounce the damage caused by Hurricane Nicole

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida. – The owners of Wilbur-By-The-Sea spoke directly with Volusia County officials Monday night regarding storm repairs in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicole.

During the meeting inside the Wilbur Boathouse, residents expressed concern about the lack of a seawall on the county-owned beach access property.

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Clay Ervin, director of growth and resource management for Volusia County, said owners have a lot to do after Nicole and Hurricane Ian.

“What we face is that once someone is down, they can’t get up. It’s so simple. So what you see from our vantage point, we have to keep in mind that these are people’s homes, they’re scared,” Ervin said.

Several seaside homes in Wilbur-by-the-Sea collapsed last week as Nicole traversed the east coast of Florida, ripping off chunks of the coast as she went.

Kate Rose said she and her parents, brother and all owned waterfront properties that were significantly damaged by the two storms.

“After Ian our sea walk started to get undermined due to the county property opening up. Their water came in and our wall started to crumble,” Rose said.

Rose said she and other homeowners have been told they will have to pay around $300,000 to repair the levees and add reinforced sand. She is concerned that if the county-owned property does not have a proper seawall, other nearby seawalls could also be damaged.

“So even when we step in and do what we need to do to fix our property, then further, it won’t happen again,” Rose said.

Several owners also said they received conflicting responses from state and county agencies. Along with expensive repairs, homeowners expressed concern that repairs would have to be done a second time if they failed to meet state and county building codes.

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