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Are there any plans for replenishing the beaches at Carolina Beach?

Gareth McGrath

The strand at Carolina Beach will be nourished this winter (2009/2010) as part of a project to pump sand onto all four communities in Southeastern North Carolina that have federal beach nourishment projects.

That list includes all three New Hanover County beach towns and Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County.

The Army Corps of Engineers last week signed a $20 million contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock for the work, bundling the beach projects into one for the first time to generate savings through economies of scale.

Under the federal program, the corps pumps new sand onto the towns’ beaches every three years or so, with Washington picking up 65 percent of the cost.

The remaining amount is split between the state and local communities, with New Hanover County paying the local share for Wrightsville, Carolina and Kure beaches.

Masonboro Island is also nourished as part of the Wrightsville Beach project. The two barrier islands share sand dredged from Masonboro Inlet.

Corps spokeswoman Penny Schmitt on Monday said the agency would hold a pre-construction meeting with Great Lakes before Christmas, which is when a schedule will be developed as to when the towns will get nourished.

Works needs to wrap up by April 1, which is when a moratorium kicks in to protect nesting sea turtles.

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