Economic Value of Beaches
Beaches are economic as well as natural resources. As natural resources, they add beauty to the coast and provide habitats for many creatures including birds and sea turtles. As economic resources, they provide services to people and property that have an economic value. They also generate impacts on the economy and tax base.
Economic services provided by beaches
An important service provided by the beach at the coast is reduced storm damage to upland properties (US Army Corps of Engineers 1996, chapter 5). Beaches reduce storm damage by moving the water line further from upland property. During storm events, water travels less far inland as a result of the beach and so damage to upland property tends to be less. Of course, a beach does not eliminate storm damage to upland properties and in severe storms it may provide little or no protection. For example, the coastline impacted by the center of a hurricane may receive little protection from its beaches, but the upland properties...
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