CEPD urges residents to write Gov. Scott
The Captiva Erosion Prevention District is urging members of the community to contact Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, who holds the power to veto or approve House Bill 5001 that would spend $21.8 million for beach nourishment projects statewide. Additionally, CEPD would like residents to reinforce the importance of HB 691, which would make permitting projects more efficient.
“The passing of these bills are important to beach management,” said Kathy Rooker, CEPD administrator.
Although the Florida Legislature has given its approval to fund the top seven beach nourishment projects statewide for the 2012-13 fiscal year, including Captiva Island, Scott has 14 days to make his decision once it hits his desk. If approved, HB 5001 would make Captiva eligible to receive the maximum amount of matching federal funds $4.5 million for beach nourishment projects.
“We are cautiously optimistic about getting funding from the state,” said Rooker.
Beach nourishment is a shore protection project designed to reduce or prevent the consequences of beach erosion. It is the only shore protection method that adds sand to the coastal system and is the preferred method for shore protection today.
Ultimately, the wider nourished beach, which slopes gently downward below the water, and the taller sand dunes protect the shore by acting as naturally protective buffers. Like any other major infrastructure, restored beaches must be maintained to stay healthy.
“Beach nourishment in Florida should be strong because we can not lose that asset,” said Rooker. “Citizens should speak up for the importance of beaches to the community and the state.”
To write to Gov. Scott by email:
Visit eog.myflorida.com the governor’s web site
Click “Contact” on the banner at the top of the page
Choose “Contact Governor Scott” from the drop-down menu
Click “Email the Governor” on the left side of the page
Fill out the form. In the message portion, tell Scott you want him to support funding for Captiva’s beach nourishment project as provided in HB 5001 and regulatory reform for permitting beach projects as provided in HB 691. The subject line should read “Captiva Beach Nourishment Funding.”
To mail a letter, send it to: The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001; or call Scott at 850-488-7146.