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Feds chip in big bucks for local renourishment, dredging projects

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It looks like federal money for beach renourishment hasn't dried up yet.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) announced today millions of dollars for renourishment at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, as well as for dredging the Wilmington Harbor, which will help Bald Head Island.

As a part of the federally-sponsored Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project in place for the two communities, $4,681,500 will be invested on Carolina Beach and $4,635,550 will be invested on Kure Beach. Sand placement will likely begin in late December or early January.

"Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are important economic engines for the Cape Fear region that must be preserved and protected," McIntyre said in a news release. "I am pleased that these federal funds will be used to ensure that the coastline is protected to prevent further erosion. It is imperative to the local economy that the beaches are maintained in order for the Cape Fear Coast to remain a premier vacation destination."

As is required by the project design, federal spending will cover 65 percent of the cost of the project, and non-federal sponsors will cover 35 percent of the cost of the project.

McIntyre also said $16,939,250 in federal funds will be invested to dredge the Inner Ocean Bar of the Wilmington Harbor. An estimated 1.8 million cubic yard of sand dredged during the project will be deposited onto Bald Head Island to help with renourishment efforts there. Sand placement could begin as early as the beginning of January; however the schedule has yet to be finalized. The window in which the dredging can be conducted stretches from November 16 until April 30.

The money for renourishment is part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012.

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He's done a great job

for the portion of Pender County which he represented in years past.

Now if he can have the stones to stand with Republicans and demand significant cuts in "give a way program" spending while working on a reasonable tax adjustment, he'll show he understands the dynamics of his new electoral base. He won't be able to dump $50 million on the Lumbee Tribal Council any more to ensure re-election.

If he doesn't, he could become former Congressman in 2 years.

I LIKE MIKE! Mr. Pork barrel

I LIKE MIKE! Mr. Pork barrel king at work again, never hunt solutions to these recurring problems when tons of money can be spent rewarding the good old boy's club. After all these terms looks like MIKE would be pushing for more permanent solutions like "terminal groins" and jetties for our inlets, of course once they were in place he couldn't run around with all those oversized checks with his name on the line!

Residents, commercial

Residents, commercial fishermen and beach business owners are the ones that should foot the bill for this. They are the ones that benefit, not taxpayers that rarely, if ever visit this area.

Dredging

Some inaccuracies with this story ... The BHI dredging is not a beach re nourishment project; it is a project required to keep the shipping channel open -- that channel is unsafe and if allowed to get worse it will shut down container traffic to Wilmington which will hurt the entire area. This is a fundamentally different type of project than the beach nourishment projects at Kure, Carolina Beach or even Topsail. Also it doesn't make sense to call attention to federal funding here ... It is a federal shipping channel that they committed to maintain. The inlet at the mouth of the Cape Fear is a totally unique situation that has economic impacts through out the region.

Great news

And a pat on the back to McIntyre for 'gittin it done'

The next time I bet the funds aren't there

Vog

$9.3 Million...

of our tax dollars being spent...only to wash away...again. But at least for the next two years, we'll have Big Check Mike protecting our beaches...with more of our tax dollars...only to wash away...again.

Really?

I'm willing to bet if the Federal government didn't step up with funding you'd be on here complaining that your local taxes will have to fund it completely. If that fell through you'd be complaining in a few years that our economy is going to the pits because the tourists just aren't coming anymore.

I feel your pain but ..........

... those beaches are the centerpiece of our local economy. I really can't think of anything more important to us.

I, for one, am appreciative of Mike's ability to get the job done yet once again.

Well said!

A perfectly appropriate statement! Doesn't get much clearer than that.

Fed Funds

Hey bud. It's a new Amerika. The Gubmint we(not me)just voted for is pouring out tax dollars like they won't be good next year (which they might not be) so just get yours while you can like all the... well, you know. Make sure you get all you can. Ima go walk on the beach.

LOL, MR. Mac and Tire a

LOL, MR. Mac and Tire a great Ameriken, I'm going to boat forim again nest time.