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$15 million in new sand coming to Holden Beach

The $15,000.000 project is expected to have a coastal shelf life of 15 years before the roar of the ocean reclaims much of the sand, once again. (Source: WECT) The $15,000.000 project is expected to have a coastal shelf life of 15 years before the roar of the ocean reclaims much of the sand, once again. (Source: WECT)
HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WECT) -

More sand is on its way to Holden Beach. The town is prepping for its largest replenishment ever.  

The $15 million project is expected to have a coastal shelf life of 15 years before the roar of the ocean reclaims much of the sand once again. 

"I'm all for it," said part-time resident Mary Ellen McGown. "My dad starting coming down here in 1960. We came every summer since then, and we've just grown up on this place."

Beach cleanup is the number one priority. The bids for contractors to clean up the beach from Hurricane Matthew's debris is currently underway. The deadline for submission is Dec.1.

"We need to get this cleared away first, some of the debris and dune fencing," said finance director David Hewett. "We did have some erosion of the dunes and this is what's left. We need to get it out of the way."

The equipment is starting to show up, parked near the beach.  

Residents approved bond money to foot the bill for the project, but it'll add about $350 a year on a home valued at half a million dollars.

"We could start seeing some action by Dec. 15," Hewett said. "One million cubic tons of sand. If my math serves me correctly, that's about 100,000 dump truck loads."

The sand will be pumped from the ocean floor and the replenishment will cover a stretch of beach four miles long -- extending the beachfront out 60 to 80 feet.

"We're excited about it," Hewett said. "This is a necessary project that’s going to increase property values, protection and protect the environment."

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