Venice Beach to get millions for renourishment
The R Street Institute, a nonpartisan organization in Washington, D.C., is an especially vocal critic of federally funded beach renourishment.
“Beach renourishment is an enormous waste of federal tax money,” institute founder Eli Lehrer said Thursday. “There isn’t a case for federal involvement.”
If localities want to rebuild their beaches, they should have the local economy pay for it, Lehrer said.
Regardless, he considers such projects as needlessly wasteful. “We’re dumping sand in places where any 5-year-old could tell you that, if you build a sandcastle there, it will only wash away.”