Pleasure Island beach nourishment to repair damage from hurricanes

CAROLINA BEACH -- The federal government will soon start a $18 million project to rebuild Pleasure Island’s beaches damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Florence, with Washington picking up most of the tab.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the contract includes the periodic nourishment scheduled for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach every three years, but “is unique because it also includes additional repairs to the shoreline for sand lost due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.”

Jonathan Bingham, chief of programs at the corps’ Wilmington office, said the federal government will pay for about $14.2 million of the cost, with state and local governments picking up the remaining $3.8 million.

That federal cost includes roughly $3.4 million in additional federal funds, requiring no state or local match, for storm damage repair, Bingham said.

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