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Travis Hutson calls on FDEP to review ‘severe beach erosion’

Among the impacts of Hurricane Matthew: beach erosion, an especially acute problem in St. Johns, Flagler, and Volusia counties.

Tuesday, State Sen. Travis Hutson, who represents the affected area, called on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to review the Atlantic coast erosion problem and move toward meaningful redress.

“Hurricane Matthew has caused severe beach erosion threatening real estate and tourism along the East Coast,” said Sen. Hutson in his letter to the FDEP.

“I am requesting that the Department of Environmental Protection look into this matter. Please consider doing a full assessment of our East Coast beaches, provide the Legislature with a plan to re-nourish and replenish the beach, and let the Legislature know any financial cost that might be associated with this,” Hutson wrote.

Among the issues Hutson spotlights are permit delays and process holdups that have thwarted seaside homeowners from building seawalls necessary to protect their property from erosion.

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Hutson would like the Department of Environmental Protection to expedite the permitting process, coordinating with local authorities to get this done.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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