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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Millions of dollars from FEMA, all to help restore a plan in Oak Island from 15 years ago, that will also help parts of the beach recover from storm damage.

Oak Island is getting more than $8 million for a sea turtle habitat restoration project.

It will cover the area from East 62nd Street all the way to East 19th Street.

The same nourishment project was first done back in 2000, and now the town is hoping it will have the same impacts.

The FEMA Emergency Dune Restoration Project between East 58th and West 51st Street will pick back up next month, after stopping for turtle nesting season.

Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure said is big news for the island.

“It’s huge in our view for several reasons,” Brochure said. “First of all we need to protect the sea turtles and a lot of that blew away in Matthew. And we also, it helps put back some of the sand that we lost during Matthew. So, it’s pretty much one of the biggest things that have happened to Oak Island in a while on a positive note.”

Brochure said at least 70 turtle nests have hatched so far this season.

She hopes the new project will keep the sea turtles safe, give them a place to lay their eggs, and keep them from crossing the streets.

Also announched Monday, the town was granted $1.5 million from the Golden Leaf Foundation and $300,000 from CAMA to help rebuild the Oak Island Pier.

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