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Prime Hook Not Included in Beach Replenishment

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PRIME HOOK, Del.- Prime Hook residents say they feel completely forgotten after Tuesday's announcement that the federal government is paying to restore Delaware's beaches from Lewes to Fenwick Island.

"It's hard to understand how they can spend that amount of money, when half that money could fix the breaches [at Prime Hook] and we wouldn't have that flooding problem here," said Prime Hook resident Bill Lankford.

On Tuesday, Delaware's political leaders, including Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) announced the federal government is paying $30 million to replenish Delaware's popular beaches.

Prime Hook residents have waited years for a similar announcement from the government, however some understand the wait.

"The economic engine, the tourist engine that drives the state of Delaware is itself, it's not [at Prime Hook], it's on Delaware Bay beaches," said Richard Rogers, also of Prime Hook.

Despite the wait, good news might finally be on the way for Prime Hook and it's inhabitants. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary told WBOC News the U.S. Department of Interior has funds set aside for the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge.

"There is an allocation that will be coming their way. We're hoping there will be an announcement in the next month or so," said O'Mara. "We're hoping to have it all ready and that'll hopefully give those folks the comfort we're going to be able to restore the wildlife refuge to the amazing habitat that it was."

For now, the people at Prime Hook are reluctant to hold their breath, but they are holding out hope.

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