- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

PLEASURE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) - A walk on the beach won’t be as easy this winter and spring in parts of southeast North Carolina.

Crews are working to put more than a million cubic yards of sand back on the beaches at Kure Beach and Carolina Beach in projects scheduled to last through April.

Equipment will be set up in public parking lots are areas of the beach will be fenced off as crews work, according to the StarNews of Wilmington (https://bit.ly/1PcYinT ).

Some equipment is used to dig up sand from the ocean and get it into pipes that will run much of the length of the beaches at times.

The beaches on Pleasure Island south of Wilmington get new sand every three years in projects that cost $8 million to $10 million.

The projects are paid through hotel room taxes, along with state and federal funds. But local officials say they realize outside money may not keep coming and are coming up with a plan.

If the state and federal money disappear, room taxes would pay for most of the cost, with beach towns having to pay the remaining 17.5 percent out of their own coffers.

Wrightsville Beach, which is north of Pleasure Island, puts more sand on its beaches every four years. Town officials are already setting aside more money for the project set to start in 2016.

“We put away some additional funding in hopes that we don’t have to use it, but it’ll be there if we do,” Town Manager Tim Owens said.

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Information from: The StarNews, https://starnewsonline.com

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