MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Miami Beach has long been a hot spot for teenage tourism, however within years there might no longer be a Miami Beach to visit! Beach erosion threatens the very resource that residents and visitors enjoy, the ocean. At present, about 387 of the state's 825 miles of sandy beaches, about 47%, have experienced "critical erosion", a level of erosion which threatens substantial development, recreational, cultural, or environmental interests of the state. The reduction in sediment supply to the coast, along with a rising sea level, has resulted in extensive erosion along the modern beaches. Beach nourishment is a technique utilized to restore and replenish an eroding or lost beach or to create a new sandy shoreline. Such nourishment necessitates the placement of sand fill (National Research Council, 1995).
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In Florida recreation benefits of Beach Nourishment are substantial. Over the period of five years (1976 to 1981) Beach Nourishment appropriations resulted in approximately $64 million and thoroughly revitalized the economy. The benefit cost ratio for the Northern Gold Coast Beach Protection Strategy (NGCBPS) was conservatively estimated at 75:1 for a AUS$10 million investment into beach health.

In Miami, beach nourishment also has potential positive environmental effect as it somewhat has improved the environmental habitat of sea turtles, sea birds and beach flora; as typically an eroded beach removes the habitat for sandy beach creatures and so nourishment replenishes this habitat and permits various animals to once again inhabit the area.