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New Hanover and Brunswick County beaches getting federal funding

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Some New Hanover and Brunswick County beaches are getting federal funding to help combat erosion. The counties will get a total of nine million federal dollars to re-nourish their beaches. Six and a half million will go to all New Hanover County beaches and two and a half million will go to Ocean Isle beach in Brunswick County. The beaches are all due for re-nourishment in 2010.

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Beach re-nourishment

Yes I can think of better ways to spend the money such as giving it to our schools that will have a budget shortfall but you know we've got to protect the expensive homes on the ocean front plus add the sand so tourists will come to the beach and spend their money. With the economy the way it is I think we need to rethink our #1 industry-tourism. Taking a vacation will be one of the first things people don't do because of the rising cost of living without the rising salaries will stop most folks. My vacation will be in my own back yard spending $0.

HMMMM!!!!

Here we go again helping the rich. When you buy property by the beach erosion should be apart of your buying process. The tax payers should not foot the bill. I agree with the above comment. Erosion is a part of nature!!!! This is the year the rich have plainly got over on the little guy. Enjoy!!!!!

re-nourish our education system

with all the money issues we ( wilmington,new hanover co,north carolina the USA) have , isn't a waste of 9 million dollars insane????? i can think of a thousand better ideas for that money

beaches need the money

To the person who said renourish our education system; You must not be very informed about the situation with our beaches. Our beaches must have periodic renourishment in order to survive. Back when Wrightsville Beach was first built on, it didn't have much storm protection. High tides used to wash under oceanfront porches. When the USACE constructed "the berm" in the 60's that changed. What used to be a narrow unprotected stretch of sand is now an expansive dune system that protects both property and wildlife. If renourishment is not done then we could end up with a situation like what happened in Rodanthe last week. The beaches in New Hanover County provide millions of dollars to the county property taxes, and also to the Room Occupancy Tax. Not only that, but they are also the economic engine of this region. I realize that our education system is broken, but schools have a much more reliable source of funding than our beaches do with guaranteed money from taxes and the lottery. We are very fortuate to receive this money for the beaches. Before you bash the beaches, do a little research on what they do for this area.

need money???

i may not be the most infomed person in new hanover co, but i do know property taxes are lower on wrightsville beach than on any wilmington city street. i know that what ever tax moneys are collected will be wasted by the most incredibly incompedent group of councile menbers on the planet, let take the new water ATHOURITY for example have you had the pleasure of dealing with them in any capacity? i may not have all the answers but it seams that we depend on the ebb and flow of the tourist dollar rather than a well educated population i am not bashing the beaches i have had the good fortune to live @ beaches up and down the east coast during the last 20+ years the problem is, hard times call for tough decisions and in these times the money could be used better

No beaches = no tourism

Public beaches get public financing for re-nourishment. If any of the money goes to Figure Eight Island, however, I'll stand next to you at the protest rally.