Public Media for Central Florida
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Funding on the way for beaches battered by hurricanes Ian and Nicole

Chases on the Beach collapse.jpg
City of New Smyrna Beach Twitter
Chases on the Beach's deck collapses into New Smyrna Beach as Hurricane Nicole's storm surge sweeps the sand dunes from underneath.

Volusia County is getting $37.6 million for beach nourishment projects after hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Daytona Beach Shores Wednesday to announce the money.

The funding is part of $100 million the Legislature approved last year for 16 coastal counties affected by the hurricanes.

Brevard County is getting $3.2 million. DeSantis says in Volusia, beach erosion after Hurricane Nicole left some homes virtually washed out to sea.

“You saw many structures deemed unsafe, 25 homes on the coast in the Wilbur-By-The-Sea area of Daytona because of this loss of sand and the erosion.”

Beaches not only are important economic drivers for their communities. Beaches also serve as hurricane buffers, shielding communities from pounding waves and storm surges.

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s work has been heard on NPR and seen in PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications. She began her career at The Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. Amy grew up in Florida and lives in Orlando with her 7-year-old daughter.
Related Content