By Craig Pittman

For decades taxpayers have been footing the bill to pump extra sand onto eroding beaches around Florida. But this coming year may be different.

Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for next year includes no money for repairing any of Florida’s 825 miles of sandy beaches.

By cutting out new state funding, Scott is guaranteeing that the millions of dollars in federal funds that go with it as a match are cut as well, warned state Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole.

That would leave no money for already-scheduled renourishment projects, including two local ones, Treasure Island and Upham Beach.

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