Broadkill Beach to Receive 1.9 Million Cubic Yards of Sand - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Broadkill Beach to Receive 1.9 Million Cubic Yards of Sand

Posted:
BROADKILL BEACH, De. - Neighbors at Broadkill Beach have been calling for beach replenishment for decades. Now after all this time, their prayers are being answered.

"It's my home," said Jim Bailey of Broadkill Beach.

Bailey has lived just a block away from the beach for more than three decades. He also is the President of The Broadkill Beach Preservation Association. He said the beach has slowly been chipped away by erosion, leaving many homes vulnerable.

"It gets scary," he said. "No ifs, ands, or buts about that. Especially during any kind of storm event."

Now a congressional plan is going to replenish this beach, without Delaware paying at all. The Army Corp of Engineers issued a contract back in June, 2014 for a New Jersey firm to dredge part of the channel off of Sussex County at a cost of $63 million.

That sand will then be pumped onto Broadkill Beach, through a replenishment effort. When all is said and done, Broadkill Beach will have received 1.9 million cubic yards of sand from the center of the Delaware Bay Shipping Channel. That will push the shoreline out by approximately 50 yards.

This Sussex County project is one of eight, spanning up the Delaware Bay from the Port of Philadelphia to the mouth of the bay. This dredging project will remove sand from 102 miles of the shipping channel.

"We are delighted," said Bailey. "Everybody is happy."

The project will begin on Monday, according to the Army Corp of Engineers. The contractor will have until April of 2016 to complete the project. The federal government will be paying for 65 percent of the project, with the remaining costs being covered by the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. Delaware will not be responsible for any of the costs.

Life-long visitor Sara Desmond said the project would make the beach a tourist destination.

"It's really exciting," she said. "It makes me happy that the town is growing."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Graco Recalls Car Seats; Webbing May Not Hold Child in Crash

    Graco Recalls Car Seats; Webbing May Not Hold Child in Crash

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-05-24 13:50:46 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-05-24 13:50:46 GMT

    Graco Children's Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.

    More

    Graco Children's Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.

    More
  • Pa. Police: Georgetown Man Mocked, Then Sucker-Punched Man With Cerebral Palsy

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:43 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:43:30 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:55:06 GMT

    A Georgetown, Del. man has been arrested after authorities say he mocked and then sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy as he walked out of a convenience store in West Chester, Pa.

    More

    A Georgetown, Del. man has been arrested after authorities say he mocked and then sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy as he walked out of a convenience store in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

    More
  • Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-23 19:43:08 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:51:16 GMT

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs for carryout - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location. Check out the price list for an idea about how much it will cost you to buy crabs from some local places in the area. Unless otherwise noted, prices listed are for #1 (large) males.

    More

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs for carryout - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location. Check out the price list for an idea about how much it will cost you to buy crabs from some local places in the area. Unless otherwise noted, prices listed are for #1 (large) males.

    More
  • Historic Seaford Diner Torn Down

    Historic Seaford Diner Torn Down

    One of the last remaining 1950's diner cars on Delmarva is now nothing but rubble.

    The Seaford Eagle Diner was ripped down Tuesday morning so the owners can re-build a new restaurant on site. Owner Serkan Darilmaz says the diner was in such bad shape that renovating it would've come at an astronomical cost.

    More

    One of the last remaining 1950's diner cars on Delmarva is now nothing but rubble.

    The Seaford Eagle Diner was ripped down Tuesday morning so the owners can re-build a new restaurant on site. Owner Serkan Darilmaz says the diner was in such bad shape that renovating it would've come at an astronomical cost.

    More
  • WBOC Early Morning Weather for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    WBOC Early Morning Weather for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices