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Damage along the Surf City beach two weeks after Hurricane Florence. (Port City Daily/File photo)

Topsail Island beach nourishment projects move forward with no assurances of federal funding

Both Surf City and Topsail Beach plan to begin more than $10 million worth of post-Florence recovery projects beginning in March.

SURF CITY — On Tuesday morning officials from Topsail Beach and Surf City announced plans to push forward with more than $10 million in beach renourishment projects, even as they continue to await any financial commitment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

For both island towns the scope of work is divided into immediate post-Florence recovery projects —which officials are now looking to FEMA for future reimbursement, matched by a portion of local funds — and more costly long-term storm mitigation plans.

“These two towns are being proactive,” beach engineer Chris Gibson said. “They’re not going to wait on others in D.C. or elsewhere to put [the beaches] back in place.”

Gibson is the president of TI Coastal Services, a Wilmington-based coastal engineering firm contracted by both towns for channel dredging, sand-hauling, and beach and dune re-building projects.

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