Not often, in my opinion. But here is a counter example:
With Wrightsville Beach nourishment slated to begin in March, some local officials wonder how much a nearly century-old piece of legislation is driving up the cost.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act, includes a requirement that all vessels traveling between U.S. ports be constructed in the United States, as well as owned and operated by U.S. citizens.
This rule extends to dredges working on domestic beach nourishment projects, including the one planned for Wrightsville Beach, for which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded an $8.3 million contract to Covington, La., based Weeks Marine, Inc. in December 2013.
Rep. Rick Catlin, R-New Hanover, said during a Feb. 25 interview he believes the Jones Act increased the cost, because it effectively restricts those projects to a limited domestic dredge fleet. Catlin was one of several local officials who expressed concerns that heightened demand on domestic dredging companies in the Northeast, as a result of continuing cleanup from Hurricane Sandy, would either result in no bids or would drive contractors’ bids up beyond the maximum level at which the project could be funded.
I really don't have much to say. Rep. Catlin nailed it. Artificially limited supply and increased demand will increase the costs of coastal management projects.