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Not all the sand is lost forever. At least some of it accrues and builds up around other beaches, actually widening them _ a concept built in to replenishment projects, which include “feeder beaches” designed to erode and nourish other parts of the shoreline.

Degnan-Spang predicted she and her extended family would be back on the sand soon.

“The drive is going to be to get back on the beach next summer, no matter what it looks like,” she said. “We don’t go on vacation because we live in the most beautiful spot in the world. We all go to the beach; it’s what summer is. It’ll come back; it’ll just be different.”

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