Coastal preservation through Citizens reform

The 30-year-old federal Coastal Barrier Resources Act has been successful in promoting conservation of natural resources, fiscal responsibility, and the reduction of inappropriate high-risk coastal development by restricting federal subsidies. Restricting insurance coverage from Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. for new construction in areas seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line could yield similar results on the state level by ending subsidies to development that damages Florida’s coastal environment and destroys natural storm barriers.

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