Over the past 100 years humans have altered the fragile South Florida coastline to the extent that the natural system barely exists today. As a consequence of shoreline development, 10’s of millions of dollars have been spent building jetties and re-nourishing the beaches in a futile attempt to slow the inevitable erosion caused by human activities and sea level rise. Literally we have watched as these 10 of millions of dollars of re-nourished sand just wash out to sea .

South Florida is now considered ground zero for the earliest signs of sea level rise. While the complexity, severity and timing of the changes are still up for debate, the decisions being made here today will affect our coastal community for many years to come. In order to avoid the continued waste and exploitation of sand, a limited natural resource, every attempt needs to be made to preserve and protect the beaches. We must develop a more sustainable and resilient coastline.

The South Florida Audubon Society believes that Broward County should require local governments and property owners to protect existing beach vegetation, to re-vegetate the beach, and mandate  landscaping with dune plants. The South Florida Audubon Society through hands on-activities and outreach education, informs citizen volunteers about this fragile economic engine that fuels the South Florida economy.

Watch a video of one of our latest projects.

Lee Gottlieb,
Habitat Restoration Consultant
South Florida Audubon Society

On Friday morning, March 4, 2016, in Pompano Beach,  50 FPL employee volunteers engaged in removal of invasive plants - Scaevola and planted a few thousand sea oat seedlings as one of their Power to Care events. The event was hosted by SFAS with FPL funding.

South Florida Audubon Society