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Storm leaves 40-ton barge on St. Pete beach

Crews wait for calmer waters before towing begins
Posted at 5:00 PM, Jul 23, 2018

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — Overnight, storms blew three barges close too close to the shore, including one that is now part of the scenery on St. Pete Beach.

The beach bound 200-foot barge weighs 40 tons.

“It’s absolutely freaky.” said a tourist from Atlanta walking by.

Tony Miller with Luhr Brothers, Inc. is the guy in charge of the barge and says those who are curious better keep their distance.

“It’s gonna hurt somebody. It’ll kill ya. And if that line snaps…”

That line is a rope holding the stranded barge to a bulldozer.

“I’ve been with this company 23 years. Trust me that line is plenty strong,” he said.

The barges are part of a beach restoration project. The other two are anchored.

Miller says they are waiting for the tide to calm down before trying to pull the barges back out to the gulf.

“We just got to wait for the water to chill out, then we will get this out of everybody’s hair," he said.