- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville City Council has approved spending $7.5 million to rebuild miles of beach dunes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

News outlets report the council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the plan. The city expects the project to rebuild dunes from central Jacksonville Beach to north Atlantic Beach. Officials hope to begin work within 10 to 12 days.

City Councilman Bill Gulliford, who introduced the emergency legislation, said it’s critical to begin the project as soon as possible.

Out of the $7.5 million in funding, $6.5 million will go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay for the restoration.

The corps will meet with the contractor currently pumping sand onto area beaches and work to negotiate a new contract to add dune restoration to their work.

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