Restoring the Shore

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 9, Pg. 74-77

Document Type: Feature article


Tourism generated by its beaches is Florida's major source of revenue, but erosion has always been a threat. The state now has a plan and the money and is about to embark on a beach preservation program. The new state Infrastructure Fund stipulates that money can be spent only for beaches, roads and schools; about $35 million will be allocated to beach restoration annually. The plan puts restoring the state's beaches on a rational basis, in contrast to the current piecemeal approach in response to localized perception of need. The Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Inc. has compiled a report that outlines and ranks 59 beach restoration projects and 13 feeder beaches in 13 southern counties. Prioritization for receiving funds depends on cost/benefit ratios, environmental considerations, erosion rates, beach access, local public support and state law. If a beach restoration project is not addressed in the report, it is unlikely to receive funding; however, the report is continually updated to reflect new erosion trends.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Ecological restoration | Erosion | Shores | Project management | Beaches | Tourism

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