For decades, constant erosion by tides, hurricanes, tropical storms and other forces has been replaced with offshore sand sucked up from the ocean floor.
But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns that even that source is running out in some spots. Miami-Dade County will use up its offshore resources by next February.
And since the “Sun and Fun Capital of the World’s” beaches are key to its tourist-driven economy, officials are considering trucking in sand from mines in central Florida.
Neighboring Broward County is considering the use of crushed glass as a source of fake sand, but some worry it won’t have the same sparkle or allure as the silica created by Mother Nature.
Other states have used recycled glass, but mainly to cover small areas like sand traps on golf courses.