Research and Monitoring Criteria Development for Florida's New Statewide Beach Restoration Initiative

by R.Steve Dial, Continental Shelf Associates Inc, Jupiter, FL, USA,
Donald R. Deis, Continental Shelf Associates Inc, Jupiter, FL, USA,
Robert Clinger, Continental Shelf Associates Inc, Jupiter, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


A recent decision by the State of Florida to develop a Comprehensive Beach Management Program has lead to the recognition of an immediate need to establish research and monitoring criteria for beach restoration projects. The focus of this program is to provide a framework in direction for Florida regulatory agencies evaluating projects in southeast Florida. Our evaluation shows that most monitoring programs to date in southeast Florida have been inadequate to predict the impacts of beach nourishment in marine biological communities. A discussion of our evaluation is followed by a conceptual model and guidelines for projects proposed for southeast Florida.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Ecological restoration | Project management | Frames | Beach nourishment | Biological processes | Beaches | Florida | United States

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