Florida House beach overhaul bill passes first hurdle – Florida News

Florida House beach overhaul bill passes first hurdle – Florida News

Ryan Mills, USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida

Published 10:22 p.m. ET March 20, 2017 | Updated 7 hours ago

Legislation to overhaul the way Florida leaders manage the state’s beaches received unanimous support Monday from a House natural resources subcommittee, its first stop on the way to a floor vote.

The 15-member subcommittee passed the coastal management bill (H.B. 1213) in less than five minutes, with no debate and no discussion.

“That’s a great sign,” said Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, the sponsor of the bill. “That’s a smooth-sailing sign. … I can’t see anybody being opposed to this. It’s just good business.”

The bill, unveiled in Naples in early March, would require long-term planning for beach projects, establish a new framework for scoring proposed renourishment projects and refocus the state’s attention on managing sand around inlets, primary drivers of erosion, particularly on the east coast.

The bill received support at the meeting from the Florida League of Cities, the Florida Association of Counties, the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association and several representatives from coastal cities and counties. No one opposed to the bill spoke at Monday’s meeting.

“We’re delighted,” said Debbie Flack, president of the beach association. “There seemed to be clear…

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