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Beach restoration pilot project in Palm Beach County raises hopes, concerns

Bulldozers work a beach sand replacement project at Panama City Beach in 2011. Photo by Lisa Armbruster, beach management consultant

Beach restoration projects are supposed to protect homes and businesses along the coast while providing wide sandy beaches for tourists, sea turtles and other wildlife. 

Those projects often cover one or two miles at a time. They may take three to five years to conduct studies, acquire permits and secure millions of dollars in state and local funding before construction begins. 

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