The Carolina Beach renourishment project has been officially extended, according to a news release from Congressman Mike McIntyre. (Source: WECT)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -
The Carolina Beach renourishment project has been officially extended, according to a news release from Congressman Mike McIntyre.
The decision comes after months of battling between federal and state lawmakers over funding.
Earlier this year, the 2014 Water Resources and Development Bill was altered to allow a three-year extension of coastal storm damage projects which are scheduled to expire in the next five years, including Carolina Beach.
Also, the bill authorizes successful projects to receive a possible extension of up to 15 years with the help of federal funds.
The Army Corps confirmed that it will use unobligated federal funds from fiscal year 2014 to 2015 to pay for another nourishment of Carolina Beach, in accordance with Congressman McIntyre's request.
"This is a great victory in our efforts to extend the successful Carolina Beach nourishment! We now have a path forward for protecting our homes, businesses, and coastal communities from dangerous storms," said McIntyre. "Thanks to our friends at the Army Corps of Engineers for helping us to finalize this process and ensure that we will continue to have sand on the beaches! Congratulations to Carolina Beach for being the first to earn an extension of their effective 50-year beach nourishment program."