Battle over beach erosion could be getting a $50 million boost

Gov. Scott pledging to double the beach budget
Posted at 5:41 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 17:41:21-05

When Hurricanes Hermine and Mathew lashed Tampa Bay, they took a bite out of local beaches.

We showed you the erosion in September on Honey Moon Island.

The sand situation has improved on Honey Moon Island since the summer storms, but it's no where near as good as it was after the million dollar renourishment project last year, and now the shifting sands of Tampa Bay are on the move again.

John bishop is a coastal manager for Pinellas county, where they spend $10 million a year on sand.

"That might sound like a lot of money but the beach tourists that come to our county spend about $2.3 billion a year, so it pays for itself," he says.

Sand is now becoming a valuable commodity as more coastal communities in Florida tap out on their natural off shore deposits and are now forced to buy sand from other local governments.

It's so bad in South Florida, counties are legally drawing lines in the sand, protecting their turf from the surf.

"They're willingness to let other counties that are sand starved so to speak, come up into their area and take their sand it creates some tension and some battles," says Patrick Krechowski, an attorney with law firm GrayRobinson, who specializes in sand litigation.