Beach restoration on Florida’s Space Coast began as an effort to protect the 72-mile-long coastline from threats posed by beach erosion and storms. Today, the project is receiving national recognition for creating healthy habitats for coastal wildlife and tourist recreation.

In a ceremony in Washington DC on February 25, Cocoa Beach will be recognized for being one of only four U.S. beaches named a 2014 “Best Restored Beach” by The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Once a narrow, sandy strip lined with concrete seawalls, the iconic beach known for surfing and space exploration now has an additional 160 feet of beach with natural sand dunes that support vital habitats for sea turtles, crabs and coastal birds.

via Florida’s Space Coast’s $39 Million Beach Restoration Project Protects Wildlife While Protecting Way of Life | I Need My Space.

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