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Beach Nourishment Project Underway On Pleasure Island

Covington, L.A. based dredging contractor Weeks Marine Inc. is currently conducting beach renourishment in Kure Beach, NC. Later this month Weeks will begin renourishment at the North End of Carolina Beach.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

KURE BEACH - Crews working for Weeks Marine began beach nourishment last week in Kure Beach. A large hopper dredge has become a regular sight just off shore traveling from a "borrow site" to load up with sand and then transporting it to a pipeline that leads to the shore where the sand is distributed based on an engineered survey.
The same company is scheduled to begin beach nourishment in Carolina Beach on March 15th. A large pipe will run from a pipeline dredge at the Carolina Beach Inlet south to the area of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier at the end of Carolina Beach Avenue North.
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.
Another section is south of that pier where crews were working Monday March 11.
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 Town of Carolina Beach was recently informed that in order to ensure future funding they would have to come up with approximately $500,000 a year in the absence of state and federal funding.