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York County budgets about $4,500 annually to replenish the sand along its waterfront property in Yorktown.
The naturally occurring Yorktown Beach needs a little help from mankind to remain a popular summertime hangout.
General Services, the department that maintains the county's green — or in this case, sandy — areas and buildings, routinely surveys the beach for erosion.
The rate of erosion is generally dictated by weather, hurricanes, nor'easters and other heavy weather events, said Mark Bellamy, director of General Services.
Some sand is added every year, he said, and certain spots, like those under the Coleman Bridge, are more prone to erosion.
Rather than dredged from the York River, the sand is purchased and trucked in from local contractors who deal in stone and aggregate mixes.
"Replenishing the sand is necessary to protect the waterfront infrastructure," Bellamy said, like the Riverwalk Landing walkways and piers.
In recent years the county has added other shoreline protection measures, such as riprap, or a rock wall, to protect against erosion.
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