CAROLINA BEACH — Lake dredging in Carolina Beach will continue after a unanimous vote taken by Town Council in favor of restarting the project, which was terminated in December.
Originally started as a project to help contain excess stormwater, the lake dredging project began without much ado – but things changed in September of 2017. After disposing of the lake dredge materials on federal property owned by the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU), the town was informed that it violated its land use agreement with U.S. Army.
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MOTSU ordered the town to cease the disposal on its property and the project came to a standstill; the dredging operation then officially ceased in December.
The initial project budget was nearly $3 million. Of that, $1.4 million has already been spent and another $1.4 is remaining to complete the project, according to Town Manager Michael Cramer.
Additional costs to complete the project range from approximately $200,000 to $1.1 million, depending on different aspects of the project. One hopeful outcome would be for the town to sell, or give away some of the material already placed on MOTSU land, thus reducing the cost of transporting it.
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