The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to protecting Palm Beach County’s ocean, waves, and beaches. It is vital that government agencies, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, user-groups and the community work together toward this common goal. By law, all of Florida’s beaches are set aside for the recreational use of the public.
Coastal projects that do not include adequate public access must not be funded with local, state or federal tax dollars.
Taxpayer subsidies to protect and insure private oceanfront property cannot continue. It is imperative that we achieve the best possible balance among the concerns for beach protection, wildlife protection, property rights of upland land owners, public safety and recreational uses. All these interests include significant economic considerations, and all may pay a price, monetary or otherwise.
In ongoing efforts to combat beach erosion, a number of “coastal armoring” projects have been proposed and constructed throughout the County. These range from sand transfer plants, seawalls to more controversial ideas, like breakwater structures (both onshore and offshore).
In 2007, to address existing issues, the Surfrider Foundation Palm Beach County Chapter put together a Position Statement , which discusses the proposals and the Chapter’s responses and suggested alternatives. This document is a great example as to the efforts put forth by our local chapter and the organization nationally.