Powerful waves driven by a storm far out in the Atlantic ripped sand from South Florida’s beaches over the past few days. Hallandale Beach is expected to receive a federal green light this month for a plan similar to Hollywood’s, to bolster shorelines with thousands of tons of new sand. The sand is an essential tourism asset and provides a storm buffer for multi-billion dollar investments in hotels, condominiums and other real estate.
Steve Higgins, a consultant to Hollywood’s project, said the city must comply with environmental restrictions written into its permits. The sand, for example, would not be so fine that it would become suspended in the water column.
The material that would be trucked is “very high-quality sand, with a larger grain size and a lack of fine material, and tends to erode slower,” he said.
Work in Hollywood is expected to begin later this month and be completed by February. Sand will be spread in the north from Sheridan to Carolina streets and in the south from Foxglove Terrace to the city line.
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