TOPSAIL BEACH -- After being delayed for several months, the Topsail beach nourishment project is finally under way. Topsail resident Kathy Hart said, "This is a good thing it can only make things better here on Topsail." Hart says the possibility of losing her sea side home makes this nourishment project mean much more. The project plans to restore up to a mile of beachfront that's been washed away in storms. Topsail resident CO Dolan says it's a shame to see what has become of his home over the years. "It doesn't put near enough back for what's being taken away, I think it runs in cycles and storms don't help, you know more people more encroachment. You can only build so close to the water, he said. State, county and town officials joined forces to get the Topsail Beach nourishment project off the ground. The $1.5 million project is aimed at cleaning out Topsail Creek, Banks Channel and the Intracoastal waterways and using the sand to restore the town's eroded shoreline. Mayor Butch Parrish says the cost of the project is well worth it. Parrish said, "It's a win, win, win project. We're reopening closed waterways, protecting the beach and creating turtle habitat, so we are really pleased with this" Mayor Parrish says pumping sand back onto the beach is the only way to buy some time until the next storm threat. "It's going to protect our investments, not only mine but specifically everyone who owns property on the beach," Parrish said. The project is expected to last for the next six weeks. Local officials will continue to work with state legislatures for more funding next year to extend the project for the entire town.
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