Sand placement could start later this month or early January for beach renourishment projects in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, as more than $9 million is now available, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre recently announced.
The two beach communities will each get about a $4.6 million investment as part of the federally sponsored Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project, McIntyre stated in a Monday, Dec. 3, news release. Federal spending will cover about 65 percent of project costs, with the rest covered by nonfederal sponsors, he said.
“Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are important economic engines for the Cape Fear region that must be preserved and protected,” McIntyre, D-N.C., stated in the release. “I am pleased that these federal funds will be used to ensure that the coastline is protected to prevent further erosion. It is imperative to the local economy that the beaches are maintained in order for the Cape Fear Coast to remain a premier vacation destination.”
McIntyre, co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Waterways Caucus, also credited work from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District Office and its commander and district engineer, Col. Steven Baker.