Beach Politics—The Importance of Informed, Local Support for Beach Restoration Projects

by Kenneth J. Smith, American Shore and Beach, Preservation Assoc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The increasing utilization of our coastal areas by people and the development attendant to it have resulted in attempts to maintain or stabilize shorelines. In this paper the author emphasizes the importance of local support, or the lack thereof, in developing a successful beach protection program and securing Federal government assistance to help carry it out. The author, a resident of New Jersey, compares the unsatisfactory performance of his state in achieving a real commitment to coastal awareness and initiative among coastal residents and their representatives (and thus failing to obtain Federal assistance) with the successful public commitment to beach maintenance in the state of Florida.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Ecological restoration | Project management | Beach protection and nourishment | Federal government | Public opinion and participation | Maintenance and operation | Shoreline protection | United States | New Jersey | Florida

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