07 • 28 • 2021
Protect Dunes in Miami Beach
The Surfrider Foundation's Miami Chapter is in support of firmer fines and expanded dune protections in Miami Beach.
Since 2014, the Miami Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been one of limited non-profit organizations permitted and allowed to conduct dune restoration events in Miami Beach. To date, the Chapter has helped to restore and remove invasive plants from protected dunes in Miami Beach.
In 2016 the City of Miami Beach adopted the Dune Management Plan outlining the framework and specifications that the City will use to foster and maintain a healthy, stable, and natural dune system. The plan included planting specifications and vegetation management guidelines.
On May 26, 2021, the Land Use and Sustainability Committee (LUSC) discussed the adoption of an ordinance for dune protection to prevent the destruction or modification of the protective dune system. The LUSC referred the proposed attached ordinance by acclamation to City Commission for first reading. The proposed ordinance protects the coastal dune system from unauthorized activities that threaten the dune system’s integrity, health and habitat.
On July 28th, 2021 the City voted to enact further protections for City of Miami Beach Dunes!