Since 1997 Congress has averaged around $100 million a year on beach replenishment projects, but they don't last. Cape May, N.J. was renourished 10 times between 1962 and 1995 for a total cost of $25 million. Ocean City, N.J. was renourished 22 times between 1952 and 1995 at $83 million. San Diego and Orange County, California, and Miami Beach, Fla. all received millions of dollars in tax money so that these areas could dump tons of sand in front of luxury hotels and multi-million dollar real estates only to see it wash away again. 

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