Brevard County votes to approve voluntary beach restoration funding

Damaged dunes from Hurricane Sandy need restoration

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Brevard County commissioners on Tuesday morning voted unanimously to approve a plan for South Beaches homeowners to voluntarily help fund repair of beach dunes, reports Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

The protective dunes were damaged last fall by Hurricane Sandy as it passed offshore.

Commissioner Trudie Infantini said it was unfair not to have the county pick up this cost through the county's 5 percent tax on hotel room rentals.

But she said she voted for the item as "the lesser of two evils," so her constituents can have the opportunity to get the dunes area behind their properties repaired.

Under the plan, a grant the county received from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will pick up half the cost.

Cost to individual homeowners will vary based on property lot widths and dunes damage. But county officials say a typical cost to homeowners will range from $2,000 to 3,000.

Some South Beaches property owners with extensive dunes damage will get the project fully funded by the state grant and county hotel room tax revenue.

But most South Beaches property owners will have to put up their own matching funds to the state grant.

Infantini said if was not fair for that system to be in place for the South Beaches, while property owners in the Mid Reach beaches do not have to chip in.

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