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Washington, D.C. — U.S Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today reintroduced the Sand Acquisition, Nourishment, and Development (SAND) Act, which could make it more cost-effective to replenish Southeast Florida’s economically-valuable beaches. Specifically, the SAND Act would modernize an outdated law to give the Army Corps of Engineers greater flexibility in evaluating and acquiring non-domestic sand for federal beach renourishment projects. For counties in Florida, including those recently impacted by Hurricane Dorian, this could provide a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly alternative to trucking in sand. It could also alleviate demand and extend the useful life of some offshore domestic sand sources, including those off the Treasure Coast.
 
“Florida’s beautiful beaches attract visitors from all over the world and serve as major economic drivers for surrounding communities,” Rubio said. “And as Hurricane Dorian just demonstrated, healthy beaches provide a vital buffer to seaside communities that are dependent on regular renourishment cycles. My legislation will improve beach renourishment efforts by encouraging greater flexibility in acquiring the best sand for Florida beaches at the best value for federal, state, and local taxpayers."
 
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