Rep. Kriseman: Funding beach renourishment ?should be a priority for Gov. Scott

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Representative Rick Kriseman, the House Democratic Policy Chair, sent a letter today to Governor Rick Scott in which he questioned the governor? recommendation to cut all state spending for beach renourishment. In his letter, Representative Kriseman notes a recent Florida Atlantic University study showing that each state dollar spent protecting public beaches from erosion generates as much as $8 in revenue from tourists and other beachgoers. The representative also points out the ecological importance of restoration efforts and its value in protecting structures and human lives from storm-surge damage. ?he Florida House is appropriating $8.3 million for renourishment, a terribly low and inadequate figure, but it? at least an acknowledgment of the problem,?wrote Representative Kriseman. ?f you?e serious about making your campaign slogan a reality, getting Floridians back to work and investing in our tourism-based economy, funding renourishment is a no-brainer.?]>

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