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Tybee city council to discuss Dune Remediation Project

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Tybee Island city council will meet Thursday to discuss maintenance on portions of the beach.

The Dune Remediation Project is to restore the sand dunes that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew last October.

Last week at a special meeting, city council agreed to hire The Industrial Company of Savannah who will bring in 12,350 cubic yards of sand. The dunes that will be fixed are the ones that face the Savannah River on the north end of the island.

The total cost of the project is about $700,000. However, Tybee will pay 12.5-percent of that, which is about $87,000. The rest will be covered by FEMA and GEMA due to it being a natural disaster.

Having those sand dunes is crucial because they can protect structures from powerful storm surges associated with hurricanes and tropical storms.

WTOC spoke with Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman more about the project and when it will begin.

“It's kind of dependent upon the contractor, but we're thinking it's going to happen sometime after Labor Day. So, my thought is sometime in the first few weeks of September,” Mayor Buelterman said. "It shouldn't really affect them too much. It just means they'll have to maybe walk a little further to get to the level part of the beach where they can lay out and get a sun tan."

The mayor also spoke about how long the project should take to be completed.

"The dune building, we think, is going to take about a month. The beach re-nourishment is suppose to start some time in December. They have to do that outside of the window of turtle nesting season. So, that will be some time between December and March. Last time, it took about a month and a half. This time, it'll probably take a little bit less time because it's going to be less sand," Buelterman explained.

The Dune Remediation Project is one of the several items on Thursday's agenda. To view the full agenda, click here.

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