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TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Earl and the rest of the hurricane season can have a huge impact on beach erosion. Topsail Beach is planning a big beach renourishment project at the end of the year, which is also the end of hurricane and turtle nesting seasons.

Town officials say it’s important to keep nourishing the beach, because it serves as a vital source of income.

“If we experience any type of erosion, we will need to replenish our beach,” Assistant Town Clerk Christian Watkins said. “We typically do an annual, small-scale beach nourishment project with beach bulldozing, so this large-scale project is much needed, it’ll put more sand on the beach, it’ll widen the beach and last a lot longer.”

The project is estimated to cost between $6 and $9 million. If it’s under $6 million, the cost will be covered with budgeted beach renourishment funds. If it goes over, town officials will have to look to other options.

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