Reply to: The Smith Paper (This issue, pp. 1041-1045)

Orrin H. Pilkey, Lynn A. Leonard


Smith's discussion provides a refreshing insight to beach replenishment in another coastal system. Clearly, Smith views the principles of beach design that have been so long ingrained in our literature with appropriate skepticism. He and his co-workers are learning by careful observation what works and what doesn't work for their particular study area-the Gold Coast of Australia. Monitoring is the rule, not the exception. Smith believes that current understanding of the principles of beach design is rudimentary. This approach and attitude is long overdue in beach design efforts for U.S. East Coast barrier island beaches.

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