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Area beaches and waterways get $24.5M in federal funds

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The State Port of Wilmington, several area beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway are getting some help in the form of federal funding.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) says the more than $24.5 million will go to fund projects, including port dredging, waterway dredging and beach renourishment in the Army Corps of Engineers 2013 Work Plan.

"This is a great day for North Carolina's coast," McIntyre said in a news release. "Ensuring federal funds for our coastal communities is one of my highest priorities, and we are thrilled that these funds are coming home to make a difference. We will continue to fight for every penny for every pebble of sand because our coast is worth it."

Specific details of the funding in the 2013 Work Plan are:
•Wilmington Port -- $16,376,182 for Operations and Maintenance
•Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway -- $1,896,200 for Operations and Maintenance
•Cape Fear River Above Wilmington -- $488,022 for Operations and Maintenance
•Surf City and North Topsail beach - $274,450 for Investigations
•Wilmington Harbor Improvements - $49,900 for Investigations
•Brunswick County Beaches -- $5,464,050 for Construction (Ocean Isle Beach, Caswell Beach, and Holden Beach)

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Beach Renourishment

You go Mr. Big Politics. The beach renourishment program doesn't have one diddly darned thing to do with protecting our beaches or "Our Beaches Are Worth It". The only thing that the dredge program does is (1) The local political arena accepts free money from the Feds for "other favors" ie fracking, more landfills, off shore drilling, etc. (2) Create more hidden consumer taxes to pay for it and in turn those taxes are thrown on top of the citizens of N.C. (3) Create a nice white sandy, gently sloping beach for tourists to lay on, drink beer, spend their money, and work on their tans. It ain't got nothin' to do with protecting the environment.....just ask Hurricane Fran. If you want to protect us, then let us ALL protect our 2nd Ammendment rights, and let Mother Nature take her course as she will, and always has.

Atta boy Mr Pork Barrel,

Atta boy Mr Pork Barrel, what kind of construction does these beach's need that is so dire that they can't pay for themselves? What exactly king of construction is the taxpayer getting for his 5.4 million?

Please clarify

Please Clarify, the Corps budget for 2013 started last October 1 so in your article you are stating funds that have already been spent or are already allocated for these projects. Now if these numbers are for the Feds 2014 budget it is good news. Otherwise it is old news that should have been reported LAST october. To me it sounds like a certain Representative is trying to prop himself up or a reporter needs to educate themself on Federal fiscal yr dates.