the govt doesn't give a squat about surfers, but think about the idea that something of an artificial reef type structure built offshore, may actually be an effective way of preventing beach erosion.
I'm not sure if that was the point jordan was trying to make w/ his original comment, but I think it sounds pretty darn reasonable. In my mind, I can see how, building an offshore structure to break up the surf could be very effective. I'm not sure how, effective, it would really be on the storm surge issue, but either is any other method.
We already know that beach replenishment, jetties, sea walls, etc.. are only very temporary solutions to the problem...
Breakwaters are already in place to protect some bay areas. But, if artificial reefs could effectively prevent beach erosion, and provide good surf (not to mention a good habitat for marine life). then hey, bonus all around!