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ASBPA Honors Congressman Henry Brown with Friend of the Coast Award

June 4, 2008

ASBPA Honors Congressman Henry Brown
with Friend of the Coast Award

FORT MYERS, FL – The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced U.S. Representative Henry E. Brown, Jr. (SC-1) is a recipient of its Friend of the Coast Award for his steadfast commitment to the nation’s coasts.

ASBPA President Harry Simmons praised Rep. Brown as a tireless and extremely effective advocate for coastal America. “Since his election to the House of Representatives in 2000, Rep. Brown has been an outspoken advocate for the needs of coastal communities,” Simmons said. “Brown has continually criticized the Bush administration’s lack of commitment to beach nourishment.”

“As one of only two coastal Members in the South Carolina Delegation, whose district encompasses well over 150 miles of coastline, Rep. Brown recognizes that beaches are a vital economic engine in South Carolina and across the country,” Simmons said. “Naturally, these beaches also provide invaluable protection to residents, tourists and businesses from damages caused by storms.” Simmons noted that federal beach nourishment projects save taxpayers money by avoiding at least $4 in damages to public and private infrastructure for every $1 of federal money spent on them.

The ASBPA president added that Rep. Brown’s positive impact on the coast is evident through his work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, which is responsible for authorizing federal participation in coastal storm damage reduction and environmental infrastructure projects.

Last year, Rep. Brown helped shepherd the long-overdue Water Resources Development Act through Congress, benefitting the inter-coastal water system as well as shallow and deepwater ports.  In addition, Rep. Brown led the effort to secure House passage of the BEACH Act reauthorization, which authorizes federal grants to help states utilize the latest technology to test beach waters for contaminants.

He also worked on a bipartisan basis to require the Environmental Protection Agency to study the formula it uses for distributing grants. The formula is currently based on year-round population instead of peak season beach usage, putting smaller beach towns at a disadvantage.

“It is for these many reasons that the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association recognizes Congressman Henry E. Brown, Jr. for being a Friend of the Coast.”

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