Illegal beach scraping practices in Florida

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Four beachfront homeowners are receiving warnings from state for removing sand from beach with machinery to create a “small frontal dune at the base of the original eroded dune.”

The practice of ‘beach scraping’ was common during the early part of the 1900s, but improper practices eventually led to state regulation…

Read Full Article; First Coast News (03-30-2018)

United Airlines CEO is Accused of Taking This Bizarre Thing From a Beach; Inc (03-30-2018)

Gone with the wind: storms deepen Florida’s beach sand crunch; Reuters (02-16-2018)
Costs of so-called beach renourishments are a fraction of the total, measured in hundreds of millions of dollars, but the effort is crucial for Florida’s $67 billion tourism industry. And while sand needs are surging, there is not enough to go around…

Sand’s end, The Verge (11-17-2016)
Miami Beach has run out of sand. Now what?..

Reinforce and Build: The vicious cycle driving development on Florida’s most fragile beaches; by John Platt, Hakai Magazine (12-20-2016)

Bahamas sand to fill in Florida beaches? Congress gave OK for study but no funding; The Naples Daily News (12-20-2017)
The 2016 Water Resources Development Act authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to study using foreign sand, such as from the Bahamas, to widen shorelines without resorting to expensive and inefficient truck hauls from inland mines. A year later the study remains unfunded in the agency’s budget…

Factbox: Sifting Through U.S. Beach Sand Numbers; Reuters (02-16-2018)
Here is a summary of what Florida and other coastal states and communities have been doing to protect and rebuild their shorelines based on to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) data…

Column: The future of Florida’s beaches and the public’s right to know; Op Ed. by Orrin Pilkey (12-07-2015)