$25 million spent to renourish NC beaches

$25 million spent to renourish NC beaches

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Tourists wade in the water along the beach in the Condado neighborhood under cloudy skies caused by the approaching Hurricane Earl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- More than $25 million is being spent on renourish beaches in southeastern North Carolina this winter.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported (http://bit.ly/R7wszu) that dredging already has started for some projects.

New Hanover County shore protection coordinator Layton Bedsole says the projects must be done between Nov. 16 and April 30 to protect nesting seasons for shorebirds and sea turtles.
 
The beach renourishment efforts are funded with a combination of federal, state and local tax dollars.
 
Bedsole says the benefits of beach nourishment outweigh the cost of the work. He says a North Carolina study found that the area gets about $60 in benefits for every dollar spent on renourishment.

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