Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Paul T. Gayes


In the first part of this century, 90% of the U.S. coastal barrier environment was left unscathed by urban development. However by 1982, over 40% of our coast had been developed and the remaining area was disappearing at a rate of 5000 acres annually. This sudden exploitation of the coast called for immediate government attention and consequently the Coastal Barrier Resources Act of 1982 (CBRA) was implemented. The objectives of this thesis are to analyze the original legislation, to establish an understanding of the issues faced by the key players, and to determine the effects of CBRA on the coastal environment.