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Tybee business tired of sand dunes

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A Tybee Island business owner is fed up with the sand dunes behind his hotel.

The owner of the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort said the dunes have been building up for years and he considers them an eye sore. He also argues that they don't provide enough protection from hurricanes.

CEO Harry Spirides said this is a result of sand re-nourishment, a project that pumps millions of pounds of sand from the ocean back onto the beach.   

It's a process that is done every seven years and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  

Spirides said the problem is that the wind pushes a lot the sand around, creating these uneven dunes in the area behind his hotel.

He said this has been going on for years, so he finally hired a scientist to evaluate the situation and come up with a solution.

"We would like to see one continuous ridge sand dune created out front of the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort; it provides optimal storm protection in the event of a hurricane," said Spirides.

Spirides has sent the research and voiced his concern to the Army Corp of Engineers and also the City of Tybee. Mayor Jason Buelterman said they're working on a plan.

"Right now, we are in the process of re-writing our beach management plan and part of that plan is to see if the Department of Natural Resources and the Corp will let us move sand from areas that are built up to areas that don't have much of a dune protection," said Mayor Buelterman.  

The mayor said the the city hopes to have those revisions finalized by this summer. They hope to be able redistribute some of the sand before the next beach renourishment project, which is expected to happen in 2015.

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