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Renourished beach at Holden Beach Pier on September 8, 2017 (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The beach renourishment project in Holden Beach is finished, but what happens if there is erosion from the hurricane? The town says it’s ready.

The 15 million dollar project was 10 years in the making. The sand placement began this past January and was completed in March.

The project added 150 to 180 feet to the shoreline, which required 1.2 million cubic yards of sand.

The beach had gradually eroded over time due to various weather events like Hurricane Matthew and the tides.

Now the beach is as good as new, and residents and visitors couldn’t be happier.

“We didn’t have a choice, I think you have to have it,” resident Tony Marwitz said. “If we don’t have the beach we don’t have a reason for tourists to come, if we don’t have a reason for tourists to come my taxes go way up, so it was, I think an all around good deal.”

Holden Beach town manager David Hewett tells me that the beach is now designed to provide storm damage protection. It now meets the requirements of a FEMA engineered beach.

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