The Coastal Star

League of Cities pushes state action on beach erosion

A Palm Beach League of Cities resolution wended its way through coastal cities in August requesting Gov. Charlie Crist to address beach erosion with appropriate funding and legislation. It also encourages the state to fund research and infrastructure to solve the problem.
Lantana and Gulf Stream were among cities supporting the resolution.
A 2008 study by the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems for the state of Florida said five coastal counties have 96.8 miles of critically eroded beaches, including 31.1 miles in Palm Beach County, according to the resolution. The $15 million budgeted by the state last year related to beach projects “does not seem in keeping with the seriousness of the impacts to the state’s economy,” it said.
— Margie Plunkett

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