Manatee County Beaches Survive the Storm

Manatee County Beaches Survive the Storm
Posted on 10/02/2022
Press Release NoticeMANATEE COUNTY, FL (October 2, 2022) – Residents and visitors are relieved to discover that Manatee County’s world-famous beaches have survived the impact of Hurricane Ian—almost completely intact.

Staff conducted before and after measurements of the beach along 25 different sites and determined there was essentially “zero loss” of sandy beach resource width or depth of beach from Hurricane Ian effects.

“While taking measurements prior to the storm I made note of sea turtle nests,” said Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County’s Director Parks and Natural Resources. “During my post storm inspections, I was excited to see those turtle nests still intact. That was a great visual indicator!”

While this news is encouraging, only Bayfront Park and Manatee Beach are open today.

Coquina Beach remains off limits, due to fallen trees and debris which needs to be removed.

Manatee County crews are still clearing park properties at the following locations, which remain closed to the public:

  • Buffalo Creek Park playground
  • Braden River Park
  • Palma Sola Park
  • Coquina Beach
  • Bunker Hill Community Park
  • Conservatory Park
  • Bennett Park

The following locations will be closed until further notice:

  • Myakka Park
  • Crane Park
  • Holmes Beach Tennis Courts

“We are working to get these facilities back as quickly as possible,” said Manatee County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes, “even as we are focusing on immediate human needs and safety.”

For more information about beach and park openings and closures residents are urged to call 3-1-1 (from inside Manatee County). Visitors (or those calling from outside Manatee County) can call (941) 748-4501.