The sun is shining on the shore of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The air is cool and crisp, and waves break off in the distance.
But there’s a problem: there’s not a lot of sand.
“It’s not really sand, it’s more of a sand blanket,” says Steve Haggerty, a landscape architect with the state-owned Natural Resources Defense Council, which has worked with the city of Windsor to design and construct an oceanfront beach.
“We had to look at other ideas.”
That’s because Windsor Beach is a coastal natural feature that was created for recreation and tourism in the 1960s, when sand was abundant.
In recent years, though, the sand has been disappearing.
And when it does, the city is scrambling to find a place to build its first sand-covered beach.
Windsor’s beaches and gardens, a major tourist draw, have been at the heart of a campaign to revive the area, and it’s a challenge that’s not going to be easy.
“Windsor Beach is part of the state, and we’re committed to protecting it,” Haggerties office director, Paul Bissonnette, says in an interview.
“But it’s also something that we have to look into and understand what it would take to build a beach that’s sustainable, safe and that can withstand the elements.”
In the past, Windsor has been careful to avoid sand.
It has a sand barrier on the beach, but sand on the beaches of other cities has been dredged up to create a buffer zone.
“Sand is very, very good for you, it really makes the sand look green and blue,” Haggty says.
But the problem is that, unlike most beaches in the United States, Windsor Beach has been built over centuries of erosion.
The city of New Haven built a sandbar and sand-banked pier in the 1950s to create protection from erosion.
“You had to build barriers to protect the beach,” Bissonette says.
“That’s the problem.
You don’t build barriers on sand beaches because it’s really hard to build sand barriers on a sand beach.”
Sand and concrete sand barriers are the city’s preferred construction material, but the city also has been working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the American Institute of Architects on sand-sand barriers.
The goal is to create sand barriers that are as strong as concrete, but have a similar density to sand.
A concrete barrier is usually made of concrete and is placed at the base of a beach to protect it from erosion and storm surges.
“For us, it just wasn’t enough,” Biscontas says.
The beach will have a barrier that is as strong and durable as concrete sand, but it won’t have a sand bar.
In a video shown to city officials at a recent meeting, the team plans to build what they call a “bunker” barrier.
The barrier would consist of sand, concrete and a barrier made of sand and concrete.
“I think we can do it,” says Hagger.
The project will take two years, but officials say they are confident that it can be done.
“They’re going to have to do a lot more work than just the concrete barrier, because the sandbar is not going away, and they need to find an alternate source of sand for the sand barriers,” Bias said in a statement.
The sand barrier could be built on a private beach, a city park, or even at a private development.
But officials have been reluctant to use that option, because they fear that it could disrupt tourism in an area that is popular with tourists.
“The city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut are working together to identify the right sand-wastewater management practices, which we believe are important to creating the kind of beaches that are so beneficial to people,” Bissett says.
He says that while sand is considered a luxury product, there are some beaches in Windsor that people will come to for the surf.
“There are a lot people who visit Windsor Beach to go surfing, so it’s going to take a lot for us to get that sand barrier built and put in place.”
Biscounts say they believe sand barriers will work well and are confident they can secure the city and its residents against the erosion.
But they also say they want the city to be able to afford the costs of sand barriers, including the cost of the concrete barriers.
Windsor officials say sand barriers would have to cost about $100,000 each, but they aren’t sure how much that will cost.
They are hopeful that they can get the city approved to build them, but will have to prove to the city council that it’s financially feasible.
“If they’re going in the right direction, we believe it will be a success,” Bisons says.
Windsor Mayor Michael A. Sullivan, a member of the council, said he