In Florida, reports of shrinking sand supplies continue to make headlines, and area officials struggle to find workable solutions.
Of all of the things that come to mind when the words “shortage” and “beach” are in the same sentence, sand probably isn’t among them, yet it’s happening.
In Florida, reports of shrinking supplies continue to make headlines, and area officials struggle to find workable solutions.
South Florida is among the worst hit by the aftermath of storms and erosions, as well as man-made development, with frighteningly little offshore sand left to dredge beyond the water’s edge.
Tourism-heavy counties like Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach are becoming so desperate for a new source, the previously dismissed plan of grinding up and using beach glass is back on the table.
Areas to their north have been asked to donate some beach in the meantime.
One community declined immediately, pointing out that a better solution needs to be thought up as borrowing won’t help in the long run.
It was also mentioned that having 20 thousand trucks rolling through South Beach during high tourism season isn’t really a reasonable measure.
Miami-Dade County will reportedly exhaust its offshore reservoir by February 2014, so reasonable approaches may prove to be a luxury.