Southeastern Beaches To Get Post-Irene Aid

Topsail Beach and Bald Head Island will get $8 million in funding to replenish tourism-generating beaches damaged by Hurricane Irene.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding on Friday.

Topsail Beach will get $6.3 million, with the rest going to Bald Head Island.

Three-quarters of the money will come from the federal government, with the state providing the remaining 25 percent.

McIntyre says communities along the shore suffered millions of dollars' worth of damage when Irene charged up the East Coast last August.

The goal of the funding is to restore the beaches to their pre-storm condition.

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  • by Question Location: NC on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    I am really surprised, that only a few people respond to that spending, are we so used to it, that we let the government get away with everything?
  • by Question Location: NC on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    Isn't BALD HEAD ISLAND only open to the residents and or to their visiters? I think I heard that somewhere, so please let me know.
  • by Taxpayer Location: ENC on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    If you would like to build on oceanfront property, do so at YOUR on risk not the risk of ALL taxpayers.
  • by Do What on Jan 22, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    Where do $8million dollars come from? the government had a baby over a little $250 stimulus.And FEMA had triplets over there funds.This goes to show the color of the books makes all of the difference in the world.The poor are always going to be at the back of the line.
  • by stunned Location: kitty Hawk on Jan 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    I cant understand how this is happening. Our 109 yr old resident was flooded by Irene soundside and we still dont have money in our pocket to rebuild and all they are worried about are the people that own rental homes and tourist.
  • by built on sand at N. Topsail on Jan 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    Put a Facebook comment on the Jacksonville Daily News website about this and watch how fast it gets removed (from a different computer). Much Marine Corps equipment has been "aquired" to redo North Topsail Island after storms. It was still painted Marine Corps green in years past. It's the influence from people that have beach property on the island that pulls this off- routinely. It will continue, just watch.
  • by watched it happened on Jan 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    Face it: we live in a corrupt world. Big trucks run in pairs hauling sand to North Topsail Island. This is how it is paid for. It should have never been allowed to be built up. It could have logically been a state park.
  • by Kathy Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    That is so ridiculous. There are still people in Beaufort County that do not have homes to live in. Some of these people are living in homes full of mold but FEMA doesn't want to help. I just don't understand.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM
    More transfer of wealth from the middle class to the benefit of the elite.
  • by tax deadline April 15th on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    What an effort in futility. This expensive sand bought by taxpayers will just be washed away again. Don't fall for the tourism argument. It's influence from people that have economic interests in their beachfront property.
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