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Sand throwing ceremony kicks off Tybee beach renourishment project

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - A beach renourishment project is happening on Tybee Island Tuesday, Tybee will hold a sand throwing ceremony to kick off the project.

The Tybee Island's mayor, city council members and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be there. Governor Nathan Deal has also been invited to attend.

It's a project that is made possible through local and federal dollars that's meant to support the natural barrier that is the beach.

WTOC spoke to a representative with the Army Corps of Engineers and he said the beach renourishment project will help protect the island from storm surge, and also build up the natural environment for wildlife.

"For a minimal hurricane, it could provide storm damage reduction. Again, the beach protects the dunes, and without the beach the dunes would be eroded," Lt. Tom Tickner said. 

The cost of the project is around $11 million, and is set to be finished near the beginning of next year.

The sand dredger is currently off-shore, and once they're ready to begin, they only need a few days notice to shut down the portion of beach they'll be working on.

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