Additional $50M for beach renourishment projects in Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday highlighted Florida’s investments to strengthen the state’s defenses against hurricanes through infrastructure improvements, beach fortification and support for homeowners.

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Strong infrastructure is the best way to protect against the impacts of a future hurricane,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We are making investments that strengthen our state, help homeowners strengthen their homes, and increase our coastal protection against a storm.”

To support infrastructure improvements, the Governor highlighted $100 million in funding for the Resilient Florida Program appropriated in Senate Bill 1638, which was signed earlier this month.

The program was established in 2021 to harden coastal infrastructure and help communities prepare for the impacts of flooding and hurricanes.

To continue to fortify beaches in Florida, Governor DeSantis also announced his commitment to signing $50 million in the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 budget to support beach nourishment projects.

Florida’s coastlines are its first defense against a storm and ensuring that the state’s beaches are strong is important to protect the coastal infrastructure.

With this investment, Florida will have invested over $550 million in dedicated funds to beach nourishment since 2019.