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A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?

A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?

Vacationers returning to Ocean City this weekend might notice deeper, wider beaches, the result of a $282 million sand dredging project aimed at protecting the resort town from storm damage. But the work also raises concerns about surf injuries and swimmer safety.

Over the winter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pumped enough sand to fill 275 Olympic-sized swimming pools onto Maryland beaches, a chore jointly funded by the state and federal governments. The work has been performed regularly since the 1990s to redistribute naturally shifting sands and maintain a line of bulkheads and dunes that block the roughest surf from reaching beachfront property.

Engineers estimate the...

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