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New Hanover Co. hires 'sand man'

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County has filled what it calls a key role tasked with managing the county's waterways, shore protection and beach nourishment efforts.

H. Layton Bedsole Jr. will join the county October 30 as its new Shore Protection Coordinator, or what has become popularly known as the county's "sand man."

"I'm excited for the opportunity to continue my career in New Hanover County and look forward to using my experience to build solid relationships focused on protecting our precious coastal assets," Bedsole said in a statement released by the county.

Bedsole, a Wilmington area native, is transitioning from the private sector, where he recently served as senior project manager for Dial Cordy and Associates, an independent environmental consulting firm providing environmental science and planning, natural resource management, and regulatory compliance services for governmental agencies. As the former Director of Enviromental Affairs for the NC State Ports Authority, Bedsole brings more than 30 years of environmental affairs and project management experience focused on protecting coastal waterway resources.

"An integral part of the county's strategic plan is our commitment to develop, maintain and implement comprehensive plans for economic development and environmental programs," New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet said in a news release. "I'm confident Layton's professionalism and industry experience will positively augment our shore protection and inlet management team."

Bedsole, who has served the North Carolina Water Resources Congress, North Carolina Port Advisory Council and as chairman of the New Hanover County Port Waterway & Beach Commission, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Marine Biology.

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