Over the last month, all four members of the Beach Commission have resigned in frustration over the city's policy on sand replenishment, raising questions about the panel's future.
The last of the commissioners, Tom Quinn, submitted his resignation at Monday night's City Council meeting. The council will decide in February whether to appoint new people to the commission or to abolish the panel.
Gordon LaBedz, a well-known environmentalist and a leader of the Surfrider Foundation, was the first commissioner to resign. "It just didn't seem like it was a fruitful use of time anymore," he said. "We've been pushing very hard that the main thing the beach needs is sand. It just seemed like no one is listening."
The erosion of sand off city beaches has long been a problem. If it continues unchecked, officials fear high surf could one day threaten beachside homes and businesses. But city officials said the millions of dollars it would cost to ship sand to the beach from gravel yards makes the idea prohibitive for now.