But, according to Mr. Taylor’s research, the region has been losing $14 million to $15 million in recreation and tourism revenue each year since the beach vanished in 1972.
During those 42 years, shoreline property values have risen and beaches have become more valuable.
He said his demonstration project, if successful, would be a first step in averting massive losses in the future.
One member of the Ohio DNR's coastal advisory council, Ed Herdendorf, a geologist, fisheries scientist, and professional underwater archaeologist, said at public meeting a few weeks ago the breakwall was placed in a bad location when it was installed in 1957.
Bruce Sanders, a Corps of Engineers spokesman, has said the federal agency began a feasibility study on removing the breakwall years ago.
It came to a halt when ODNR — responsible for half of the funding — stopped putting money into it, according to Mr. Sanders.