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Beach Restoration Efforts to Begin Next Week in Del.

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del.- On Fenwick Island, beachgoers are surrounded by other people trying to enjoy the ocean. But come next week, they will be joined by the Army Corps of Engineers restoring the beach.

"I think it stinks because a lot of people are on vacation, and they don't want to see that with their kids and families and everything," Linda Decker said.

The $19 million project will be broken up into 1,000-foot sections, and beachgoers will be directed around the construction.

"The big machines go out and it's not as peaceful in the town and as well as you can't go out in the water near the machines so there's parts of the beach that won't be able to be populated," Brandon Hodges said.

Steve and Linda Decker have been vacationing at Delaware's beaches for years, and have seen changes.

"We've been coming down a long time and never seen, we've seen the beach in bad shape but never to the point that they had to work on it," Steve Decker said.

Not everyone is convinced now is the best time to fix up the beach.

"It's the prime weeks of summer so it doesn't really make sense at all," William Hall said.

Others see the restoration as a race against the clock.

"Hurricane season is in the fall so I guess if the have the money they've got to do it when they can," Scott Price said.

The Army Corps of Engineers expects the project to be done by mid-December.

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