Sunshine State News: Florida Delegation Wants to Bring in Foreign Sand to Renourish Beaches

By Kevin Derby

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Washington, D.C. , February 6, 2017 | comments
"Other members of the Florida delegation--Republican U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Brian Mast and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson--are co-sponsoring the bill in the House."
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Members of the Florida delegation from both parties are calling on Congress to allow local municipalities to purchase sand from foreign counties to help fight beach erosion.

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., along with several members of the Florida delegation, brought out the “Sand Acquisition, Nourishment and Development (SAND) Act” which “will repeal archaic law that does not allow communities to buy sand from the Bahamas and other foreign countries to replenish shorelines.” Some areas in Florida, including Miami Dade and Broward counties and parts of the Treasure Coast , currently have to bring in sand from other parts of the Sunshine State and other states to nourish their beaches.

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Some Florida Republicans on Capitol Hill are also lining up behind the proposal with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., bringing out the Senate version of the bill last week.

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Other members of the Florida delegation--Republican U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Brian Mast and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson--are co-sponsoring the bill in the House.

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