DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — Sixteen counties across Florida damaged by hurricanes Ian and Nicole will receive $100 million for beach erosion projects, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday afternoon in Daytona Beach Shores.
The reward will help restore the sand to beaches along Florida's coastline. In a statement, the governor said that "placing sand as quickly as possible is essential in order to avoid additional damages to public and private infrastructure from subsequent storms and erosion."
DeSantis said the east coast of Florida was heavily affected by back-to-back hits from hurricanes Ian and Nicole. He said counties like Volusia, Lee, Flagler, St. Johns, Brevard and Indian River would receive recovery funds. See the full list of counties here.
On Dec. 16, 2022, the governor signed into law Senate Bill 4A, which allocated this funding to address coastal erosion resulting from these two back-to-back storm events, DeSantis said in a statement.
"In that legislation, which I signed in December, we included $100 million for beach erosion projects in these affected areas," DeSantis said in Daytona. "And so today, I'm proud to be taking that legislation, taking the funds that were authorized and we are putting this on target.
"So we are awarding that $100 million restore the sand on Florida beaches and to support projects in 16 different counties across the state of Florida."
Volusia County is set to receive more than $37 million – and to see the amounts for the other counties, click here.
According to a news release, this award is in addition to the $20 million awarded in November to help several local governments immediately.