Cape Gazette

Delaware gets $30 million in disaster relief to rebuild beaches

By Nick Roth | Apr 30, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Sen. Chris Coons, DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Chris Becking discuss the work to be completed at the Indian River Inlet.

Indian River Inlet — One day after the six-month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, state representatives announced they have secured up to $30 million in federal funds to rebuild Delaware beaches.

Gov. Jack Markell, Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. John Carney and several locally elected politicians were on hand for the announcement April 30 at the Indian River Inlet bridge.

Under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received federal funding to restore Delaware beaches to their original design profiles. Nearly 2 million cubic yards of sand will be pumped onto the beaches along Delaware's coastline.

“Delaware is one of the most proactive states in the nation in completing ocean beach nourishment projects,” said Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara. “Our successful projects have demonstrated that advance preparation pays off. These beach nourishment projects will bring Delaware’s ocean coastline back to the level of protection from floods and storms we had prior to Superstorm Sandy.”

The project to restore the beach and dune north of the Indian River Inlet and be maintained by a sand bypass system. Beach nourishment will also take place in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, where the Army Corps will restore the beach and dunes, plant dune grass and repair beach crossovers.

Read the full story in the Friday, May 3 edition of the Cape Gazette.

The sand bypass system is working to widen the beach at the north end of the Indian River Inlet. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Gov. Jack Markell discusses the importance of the beach restoration project as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Chris Becking, left, and Sen. Tom Carper look on. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sen. Chris Coons talks about the bipartisan approach it took to secure funding for the beach project. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sen. Chris Coons, left, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Chris Becking discuss the benefits of the beach restoration project. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Martin snaps a photo during Gov. Jack Markell's speech. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Bonnie McDaniel | Apr 30, 2013 16:51

Breaking news - Delaware Beaches receiving $30 million for beach replenishment, but on page 11 of today's edition there is a story of the Child Advocacy Center losing $20 million in federal funding.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the beach, grew up on the beach, the beach is a vital source of tourism dollars, but where is the investment in our children.  If society wants a better tomorrow it begins with the children of today.  Children in our very own tourist dollar destination that suffered abuse from Earl Bradley, from exposure to domestic violence, and repeated traumas of abuse. Once again priorities are in the wrong place because we can rebuild the beach, but we can't build, rebuild, or invest in vital sources for our children. Yet, if one of them grows up untreated of any mental issues, that could have been treated,  and commits acts of violence against a community, just remember it was better to rebuild the beach than to fund a vital center to help those in need.

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