WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Palm Beach County on Friday received a $12.2 million reimbursement for Army Corps projects, including Ocean Ridge beach renourishment.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel presented the check to the county.
“Beaches mean much more to our community than just a place to get a suntan. Beaches protect our property, they are home to natural habitats, and they attract visitors from all over the world. This means millions of dollars in property taxes and tourist dollars to our region,” said Frankel in a news release.
Strong surf from Hurricane Sandy devastated South Florida’s coastal communities in 2012.
According to Frankel’s office, out-of-county beach visitors spent almost $82 million in Palm Beach County in 2012. Tourism created 450,000 Florida jobs in 2012.