FL - Charlie Crist: Army Corps of Engineers, Pinellas County Need to Work Together on Shore Protection Project
This week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work with Pinellas County on its Shore Protection Project.
According to the congressman’s office, Crist asked the Corps to “provide flexibility to Pinellas County and maintain their commitment to work hand-in-hand with the county to replenish and preserve our coast” since the “Shore Protection Project, which serves to periodically renourish nearly 13 miles of Pinellas beaches, hit a major roadblock after the county was told by the Army Corps that they only have until the end of the year to secure hundreds of easements from property owners in order to continue the project.”
Crist weighed in on the letter to U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James on Wednesday.
“Between the outbreak of COVID-19 and Tropical Storm Eta, this has been a trying year for the people and businesses that call Pinellas home,” said Crist. “The county’s Shore Protection Project will not only safeguard our beaches, local environment, and economy – but our way of life. The future of our coastal communities is on the line. We must work together to find a common sense solution that will allow us to see this project through for the well-being of our beaches and Pinellas families and businesses.”