Who's Minding the Beach?...The Virginia Experience

by Gary L. Anderson, Commission on the Conservation &, Development of Public Beaches, Gloucester Point, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


Virginia entered the realm of statewide funding for the enhancement of public beaches on July 1, 1980 with the creation of the Commission on the Conservation and Development of Public Beaches. Prior to 1980, each locality with a public beach independently sought aid from the General Assembly. As a result, only localities with large populations or established, beach-oriented tourism received assistance. A specific example is the beach enhancement program at Colonial Beach. This installation of seven, gapped breakwaters and 66,000 cubic yards (50,770 m**3) of beach nourishment have become the focus for the economic resurgence of the Town.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Construction materials | Beach nourishment | Tourism | Economic factors | Erosion | Breakwaters | Groins (structure) | Virginia | United States

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