Dauphin Island, Alabama Beaches: Real Decisions in the Real World

by Scott L. Douglass, Univ of South Alabama, Mobile, United States,
Philip Hinesley, Univ of South Alabama, Mobile, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico


The beaches are important present-day concerns at Dauphin Island, Alabama. Several steps have recently been taken to address beach management problems. One, a group of local, state, and federal officials have met monthly for several years to discuss decisions concerning management of the east end of the island. Two, a planning study by several academic institutes developed an outline of a long-term management plan for the east end of the island. Three, a technical study of the coastal processes of the island quantified the erosion problem and made recommendations concerning the management of the beaches. The present and future island's development has been modified as a result of these activities. The implementation of several recommendations is underway but many decisions are still facing the island.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Islands | Coastal processes | Erosion | Beaches | Beach protection and nourishment | Urban and regional development | Alabama | United States

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