Monday, May 21, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association
(ASBPA) released its annual list of the nation’s best restored beaches,
and the shorelines of Dare County earned one of the top five spots.
year’s list includes representatives from the north Atlantic,
mid-Atlantic, south Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts, and the complete
list of 2018 winners are:
- Dare County Beaches, NC
- Galveston Seawall Beach, TX
- Cardiff Beach, Encinitas, CA
- Sagaponack-Bridgehampton Beaches, NY
- Thompsons Beach, NJ
reports that it created the Best Restored Beach award as a way of
highlighting the value of restored beaches. To enter the Best Restored
Beach competition, coastal communities nominated their projects for
consideration, and an independent panel of coastal managers and
scientists selected the winners. Judging was based on three criteria:
- The economic and ecological benefits the beach brings to its community.
- The short and long-term success of the restoration project.
- The challenges each community overcame during the course of the project.
look for commitment and dedication to the project. I want the applicant
to make me love his or her beach,” said Chair of the Best Restored
Beach Committee, Lee Weishar, Ph.D.
a press release from ASBPA, this year’s winners spotlight a diverse
selection of beaches and challenges, ranging from protecting coastal
marshes in a wildlife refuge to protecting upland properties in one of
America’s most exclusive locales.
they all have in common, however, is working creatively to address
complex coastal issues in way that is sustainable and mitigate the
ravages of nature, compatible with the surrounding environment and
achievable in the face of both political and natural obstacles,” read
in 1926, the ASBPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that advocates for healthy
coastlines by promoting the integration of science, policies and
actions that maintain, protect and enhance the coasts of America.
year’s Best Restored Beach winners represent a wide variety of beach
types that offer unique and varied attributes,” said ASBPA President
Tony Pratt. “I congratulate the winners for their hard work and
for the beautiful beaches they have protected and enhanced.”