Between the beach and the road, there is a SEAWALL. The weather on the coast has a tendency to be WICKED, and sand has a tendency to blow. Hence: a seawall exists.

Side note: absolutely no editing went into this photo. I couldn’t come up with anything I could do to markedly improve it- even a crop- so here it is, exactly as it was shot from the window of a moving car. THIS is what we call a “happy accident.”