- Published on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:40
- Written by Super User
File Photo: Beach Nourishment on Kure Beach in 2010.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
PLEASURE ISLAND - The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has informed Carolina Beach and Kure Beach that an upcoming beach renourishment project will begin in early March and wrap up by the end of April.
Equipment is scheduled to be on site March 1st. This is a joint renourishment for Carolina and Kure Beach.
Leaders in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach received good news in early December, the Army Corp of Engineers located additional funding from another project to provide $9.3 million for beach nourishment in both Towns.
As a part of the federally sponsored Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project in place for the two communities, $4,681,500 will be invested on Carolina Beach and $4,635,550 will be invested on Kure Beach. The funds were approved by Congress in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012. The dredging contractor is Covington, L.A. based Weeks Marine Inc.
The projects were bid along with a project for neighboring Bald Head Island and the Wilmington Harbor dredging project. That project will dredge sand from the mouth of the Cape Fear River inlet and place it on eroded areas of the beach on Bald Head Island.
Once that's complete, Weeks Marine will move to Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The project will pump 680,000 cubic yards of sand on to Carolina Beach from the North End Pier south to the Carolina Beach Lake. It will also pump 432,000 cubic yards on to Kure Beach from the southern beach in Carolina Beach to an area north of the Kure Beach Pier. A final section is south of that pier.