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Carolina Beach Nourishment Project Likely To Be Delayed Couple Of Weeks

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PLEASURE ISLAND - The Carolina Beach renourishment project is likely to be delayed due to mechanical and weather related issues.
Crews working for Weeks Marine began beach nourishment earlier this month 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 was scheduled to begin beach nourishment in Carolina Beach on March 15th but that date appears to be delayed until early April. 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 are currently working.
Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis said Tuesday March 26, "We are probably going to be delayed by two weeks" adding that equipment needed for the project is still being used to complete a nourishment project at neighboring Bald Head Island. The delay was due to mechanical issues and weather conditions.
Councilman Steve Shuttleworth said Tuesday the contractor is working hard but because of scheduling and weather conditions the project, "Will be delayed but we will get our nourishment project."
Shuttleworth praised the Army Corp of Engineers for their hard work in securing funding for the project and working to reduce the overall cost. The project will likely require a permit extension to work past a deadline of April 30 when the federally protected Sea Turtle nesting season begins.
At the Kure Beach Town Council meeting on March 19, Mayor Dean Lambeth said he was concerned because two hopper dredges were set to operate but due to mechanical issues, only one was serving the project.
Lambeth said, "The pipe line will be delayed several weeks. They may not make their window. But we are supposed to have two hopper dredges out there working 24-7 and we don't have but one out there."
Building Inspector John Batson said on March 15th, the south section of the Kure Beach project was 25% complete and the schedule
called for completing that section by the end of the month. He said it appeared progress was moving slowly.
Shuttleworth said sand is currently being pumped onto Freeman Park at the North End of the Island as part of another dredging project in the Intracoastal Waterway. He said some areas of the park will be restricted for pedestrians and vehicles over the Easter Holiday weekend, but the park is open.
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.