Beach renourishment a go; concern about what sand will be used

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Wrightsville Beach Alderman voted unanimously Monday to move forward with a beach renourishment project, despite a local couple's threats of an injunction.

While most people are in favor of beach renourishment, at least two people aren't happy about where the sand is coming from.

During a closed door meeting Monday night, Wrightsville Beach Alderman met with the Army Corps of Engineers and their attorneys to decide how to proceed with the project.

Rhett and Julie Taber are considering an injunction against the Corps, because they are concerned the renourishment sand will be taken from Banks Channel, where they have property.

According to the Tabers, the sand in that area is already depleted from decades of dredging.  Other residents in the area agree, saying they're slowly losing their beach.

The Tabers' attorney said he will talk things over with the couple to see if they'll ask for the injunction or not.  If the injunction does not happen, dredging will begin within a month.

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