WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County leaders have agreed to spend tens of millions of dollars on a beach renourishment project, stretching from Tequesta to Boca Raton.
According to our news partners at The Palm Beach Post, county leaders say they'll be pumping more sand than ever before, adding the project is "long overdue."
The project will start in November when turtle nesting season ends. Fifteen million dollars will come from federal money, which will have to be matched by local and state governments. County officials say it will cost about $26 million to restore area beaches in Palm Beach County.
Money for projects like this one has been hard to come by since the Great Recession started five years ago. The county saw a decline in bed tax revenue, which goes towards projects that support tourism like this one. But that revenue began to rise last year and is expected to rise to more than $30 million this year.
Opponents to this plan say there are other ways to secure our shoreline. They suggest installing more jetties, breakwaters and strategically place fishing piers which they say will slow down the movement of sand.
However, county officials say each dollar spent on the beach renourishment plan brings back twelve times that to the community into hotels, restaurants and other sectors of the local economy.