South Florida Is Having a Sand Shortage Crisis

You would think that if there's one thing South Florida has too much of its sand. You end up with at least half a pound of it in your car after every trip to the beach, and yet the great sand shortage of 2013 is upon is.

Seriously, we're running out of sand.

Beaches along our coasts regularly lose sand to erosion, and to replenish it, new sand is usually brought in from offshore sources or places inland. But those sources are now running low, and the search is on for new sand sources.

According to WLRN, several new sources are being considered. The thought of buying new sand from places like the Bahama and the Turks and Caicos is even being thrown around. Finding sources of sand inland or from deeper in the ocean are also being considered.

Broward County however is testing a program to line their beaches with ground up recycled glass, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Since glass and sand share the same basic material of silica, the idea isn't too far fetched. Engineers can even specify the color and the size of the sand, though some worry whether that program could be economically feasible in the long run.

"We are running out of sand statewide, we're all going to have to put our heads together and come up with solutions," Leanne Welch of the Palm Beach County Environmental Program tells the Sentinel. "Statewide, we're dealing with shrinking sand coupled with shrinking budgets," Welch said.

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Kyle Munzenrieder