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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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