The funding of the rehabilitation of the groin of Madeira Beach short-circuited in the budget of the House, hardened in the Senate
Although the groins have been effective for many decades, they are showing signs of decay.
The legislature is considering funds to help restore the groin field on Madeira Beach, but there are significant gaps in the amount each chamber is seeking to provide.
Sen. Jeff Brandes be p. Linda Chaney, the two Pinellas County Republicans, filed demands (SF 1100, HB 2357) requesting $ 1.75 million from the State Department of Environmental Protection for the groin rehabilitation of Madeira Beach.
But, while including this item in the budget, neither of the two chambers accepted the total amount requested. The second and last House offer provides $ 875,000 for the project, while the latest Senate offer eliminates funding, although it was initially allocated $ 250,000.
Last year, the Legislature approved $ 275,000 for the project.
According to request, Madeira Beach is one of the few beaches in Pinellas County that is not part of the federally funded beach restoration project. One of the main reasons that Madeira Beach did not need to feed the beaches is that its groin field limits coastal erosion.
Although groins have been effective for many decades, they are showing signs of decay, depending on demand.
The funds would be used to rehabilitate approximately 21 exposed groins.
“The rehabilitation of the groins of the beach will allow tourists and residents to continue to enjoy the beach. The groins are vital for protecting themselves against coastal erosion which poses a threat to the majority of neighboring seaside communities ”, according to the request. The beach receives around 4,000 visitors per year, depending on demand.
Funding for the project can be split between state and local government in the amount of $ 3.5 million; however, the local government has yet to secure funding, depending on demand.