Beach erosion is a problem that has no real permanent solution. But, each year millions of dollars are spent on beach re-nourishment, which is no different in Topsail Beach. Local, state and federal governments are now footing the bill to re-nourish Topsail Beach. The state just approved a total of $3 million for an emergency beach re-nourishment project. The residents will pay an additional $7 million to have the ocean dredged and sand pumped onto the beach. The mayor says it's has to be done to save the beach, even if everyone isn't pleased with the price tag. Topsail Beach mayor Howard Braxton said, "It was a lot of mixed emotions with it because any time you have to spend money, and were talking a thousand or more depending on where you live how much you would put out." This emergency project will start in January, and will continue to maintain the beach until a larger $32 million re-nourishment project funded by the government begins in 2015.
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