A proposed bill is being discussed within Florida legislation that would provide $50 Million in funding for Florida beaches. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1, 2018. This is the most funding Florida beaches have had in over ten years and the Florida Department of Environmental protection has already laid out plans for the allocation of the funds throughout Florida beaches.
Here are the local beaches that would be positively affected by the funding:
- Bonita Beach – nourishment and restoration of shoreline
- Charlotte County Beach – Shoreline nourishment
- Port Everglades – Removal of rock spoil and sand trap creation
- Estero Bay – Develop sediment budgets for three inlets
- South Siesta Key Beach – Shoreline nourishment
The proposed bill is still in legislative hearings and has reached its second reading, meaning that the bill has reached a step closer to approval. On top of these funds, another $13 Million is allocated specifically for repairs from hurricane damage.
Here is a link to the entire plan for the proposed funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection .