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North Carolina: New CBRA ruling expected to save coastal towns cash on beach renourishment

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A new ruling from the federal government could save coastal communities a lot of money on beach renourishment costs, according to a press release from Congressman David Rouzer.

Secretary of Interior Letter Exerpt

The previous interpretation of the law prevented beaches from using sand from “inlet borrowing sites for coastal storm damage reduction projects," making towns seek sand further away from shore, increasing the cost of the project.

On Monday, a letter from the secretary of the interior re-examined the wording of the existing law and ruled that sand from places protected by the Coastal Barrier Resources Act could in fact be used.

“When it was suggested that maybe the offshore borrow pit, which is about a mile off the Carolina Beach pier, that same borrow pit that replenishes Kure Beach was going to be used for our purposes, understanding what the cost was and equally the impact on the environment-- that was really where our concern came in," said Carolina Beach Mayor Joe Benson. "Then, being responsible with tax dollars-- it didn’t make sense so this is a common sense pivot to stay and keep using the borrow pit that we are using now.”

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