Living with Florida's Atlantic Beaches: Coastal Hazards from Amelia Island to Key West - Living with the Shore (Paperback)
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Living with Florida's Atlantic Beaches: Coastal Hazards from Amelia Island to Key West - Living with the Shore (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 07/06/2004
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From Amelia Island just south of Georgia to Key West's southern tip, beaches are one of Florida's greatest assets. Yet these beaches are in danger: rapid structural development on a highly erodible coast make them vulnerable to some of nature's greatest storms. The same development that has been driven by the attraction of beautiful beaches and coastal amenities now threatens those very resources. In turn, coastal structures are at risk from sea-level rise, shoreline retreat, winter storms, and hurricanes. Most of the methods for reducing losses associated with storms protect property only in the short term-at a growing cost in dollars and loss of natural habitat in the long term.

Living with Florida's Atlantic Beaches is a guide to mitigating or reducing losses of property, human life, and natural resources by living with, rather than just at, the shore. This illustrated volume provides an introduction to coastal processes and geology as well as a brief history of coastal hazards and short-sighted human responses. This is the first volume in the Living with the Shore series to discuss the significant long-term impact of dredge-and-fill beach construction on living marine resources. Guidance is provided for long-term risk reduction in the form of tips on storm-resistant construction and site evaluation; maps for evaluating relative vulnerability to hazards are also included. A brief review of coastal regulations will help property owners understand and navigate the various permit requirements for developing coastal property. Living with Florida's Atlantic Beaches is an invaluable source of information for everyone from the curious beach visitor to the community planner, from the prudent property investor to the decision-making public official.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822332893
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Despite the risks, ocean lovers still flock to Florida's coast. This book can better prepare one for living at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean."
--Ryder W. Miller, "Electronic Green Journal"
"Aimed at homeowners and policy makers alike, this encyclopedic guidebook provides a clear road map of what is involved in building a house close to a Florida beach -- from assessing the hazards of hurricanes and rising sea levels to considering the environmental impacts and legal issues, including a county-by-county primer."
--Environmental Defense
"[E]xcellent and thorough, and as up-to-date as such a volume can be. . . . Everyone living on Florida's Atlantic beaches should own, read, and digest the wisdom contained in this book. At some future time, this knowledge likely will make a difference for the integrity of their shore properties and the safety of their families. Essential."
--P.R. Pinet, "CHOICE"
"This book provides a comprehensive overview of coastal realities, including ecological and hydrological dynamics; assessment and evaluation of risk; related socio-cultural events and perspectives; coastal engineering; and managing the built environment. The authors advocate living with the shoreline and coastal processes in Florida, rather than struggling against them."
--Natural Hazards Observer

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