Delaware beach replenishment will stretch into summer after delays

Associated Press

Complications will force replenishment of Delaware's beaches to stretch into their peak season this year.

Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette tells The News Journal of Wilmington that a limited number of dredges nationwide has delayed the schedule for work in Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.

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Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet also attributed the delays to obtaining permits and funding. He says the first stage will begin mid-May in Bethany Beach, and take 28 days.

The total project is expected to cost more than $19 million and could stretch into late July.

Rochette says the contractor will close down 1,000 feet at a time to lessen the impact on the thousands of visitors who descend upon Delaware's beaches in the summer.

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