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Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act gains U.S. Senate approval, heads to U.S. House

Posted on August 15, 2022

The Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act, which extends federal funding for beach renourishment projects and other protective resources, passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support and will head to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval.

If the bill passes through the House and is signed by President Joe Biden, Tybee Island can continue to implement coastal storm risk management projects for an additional 12 years (the current contract is set to expire in 2024), a key change to the original legislation which asked for an extension of 50 years.

However, the final timing of the extension is still up for debate as the U.S. House has passed its own version calling for the original 50-year extension. A conferencing of the two bills is expected, according to Sen. Jon Ossoff’s office who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia).

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