Visitor preferences for public beach amenities and beach restoration in South Florida

Manoj P. Shivlani, David Letson, Melissa Theis

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Coastal erosion threatens many sandy beaches and the ecological, economic, social and cultural amenities they provide. The problem is especially chronic in South Florida. A frequent solution for beach restoration involves sand replacement, or nourishment, but is temporary, expensive, and has usually been funded by governmental sources. However, as such agencies reduce their share and require more local funding, beach nourishment must rely on other funding sources, including beach recreationists. Our study characterized three South Florida beaches and probed visitor willingness-to-pay for beach nourishment. We found that even beaches within close proximity attract different user types. Users are amenable to higher fees if they lead to greater resource protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-385
Number of pages19
JournalCoastal Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2003


  • Beaches
  • Coastal policy
  • Contingent valuation
  • Nourishment
  • South Florida

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)


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