Broward County has successfully managed its beaches for more than 50 years. Prior to this time, many coastal residents acted unilaterally to address shoreline erosion, haphazardly installing wave breaks, groins, and seawalls (picture inserted below). While locally this may have appeared to alleviate the problem, it often exacerbated erosion on neighboring properties. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive beach management strategy, in 1965 the
County entered into a partnership with the federal government forming the
Broward County Shoreline Protection Project (SPP). The SPP created the legal framework for federal reimbursement and set the geophysical conditions and boundaries for a
systematic approach to addressing coastal erosion in Broward County. Since that
time, beach nourishment projects have been used as a means of restoring and
maintaining eroded areas of Broward County's shoreline. The beaches have
improved with each restoration event.