Governing looks at the environmental and fiscal controversies surrounding beach nourishment pleas in hurricane-prone East Coast states, around the Gulf Coast, along the Pacific shore and across the Great Lakes. "Hunkering down to fight against the ocean may be a futile game in the long run and could ultimately only make matters worse," reports the magazine. The story points to geologists' warnings that multimillion efforts to keep sand on the coastlines have to be repeated every few years, and voices concerns that "nourishment merely makes beach towns lazy about doing serious land-planning." The report includes a sidebar with information on "sand dollars" spent by 11 states for shore protection from 1995 to 1999.
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