Ros-Lehtinen & Wasserman Schultz Contact Army Corps Of Engineers To Express Their Disappointment Over Their Rejection of The County's Plans To Purchase Foreign Sand To Replenish The Coastline
Washington, DC --- Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent a letter today to the Army Corps of Engineers expressing their profound disappointment over the Corps rejection of Miami-Dade County's request to purchase foreign sand to replenish the battered South Florida coastline.
Recent strong winds and surf have mad a bad beach erosion problem even worse so the need for the foreign sand is all the more critical. Ros-Lehtinen and Wasserman Schultz directed their missive to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, John Paul Woodley and bluntly stated that "to receive a response indicating that the July study was incomplete, after being assured during our face to face meeting that the study would be completed by October 2007 seems disingenuous to say the least."
The Members of Congress suggested that two very important steps be taken to address their concerns and that of the community: "Another meeting with the Florida Congressional Delegation with you and each of the Commanders involved. We fear that without the personal commitment of these leaders to maintain a schedule, our beaches will not receive the sand they need and our residents will remain extremely vulnerable to the next tropical storm or hurricane. Second, recognizing that this project may not fit the Corps normal project paradigm' we request that you direct every Corps organization with approval authority to meet with the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Management in the immediate future to work on a solution."
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Our coastal communities cannot afford to go through another Hurricane season without this desperately needed sand. We understand there are regulations to follow, but to have been waiting close to a decade for this report to then be told that it has been rejected is very disappointing. I urge the Corps to override bureaucratic hurdles and assist South Florida with this urgent request."