RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- - A huge portion of South Florida is running out of sand and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking to Palm Beach County as a place to take from to help replenish the supply.
Researchers at the federal government estimate the sand in Miami-Dade County in nearly depleted. Broward County will be next on the list.
One possible solution engineers are mulling over would involve dredging sand from Palm Beach County.
"It's insane. It's ludicrous. How they think that's a good idea, how they think these beaches could take a hit like that, I don't know what's going through their minds," said Ryan Emond, a Singer Island resident.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed study the showed Palm Beach County has plenty of sand.
"Matter of fact, our results which are very conservative, show that there's about 100 million cubic yards of excess (sand) over and above what the counties need for the next 50 years," said Jerry Scarborough with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Experts said if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did dredge in Palm Beach County, it would do so three miles from the coastline.
"I pretty much think we have exactly what we need for the next 50 years and that may not prove to be the case," said Leanne Welch with the Palm Beach County Environmental Program.
Welch said the county is still recovering from the storms of 2012. She said there are also up to seven beach restoration projects planned for the winter.
"We know how much sand we have. You're welcome to look again, but I don't think we have any extra to spare," said Welch.
Emond said instead of taking sand, he hopes his beach and others in the county start receiving sand.
"I don't know what the other beaches look like, but I can almost guarantee it's not this bad," said Emond.
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