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Some Cape May County beaches are in need of sand

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Some Cape May County tourist destinations are in need of sand to replenish their beaches after the dunes were completely destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

Repair and replenish, that's the goal of some Cape May County beaches.

Ocean City already had a replenishment project in the works before Hurricane Sandy hit and is expecting dredging equipment from Brigantine in three weeks.

Currently they are placing sand, but not building dunes on the South End of Ocean City to supplement the losses, and to prepare for any upcoming Nor'easters.

"I recognize this is temporary but in the larger term we are going to get storms, and we need beach protection or else we are always going to be fighting flood damage," said Ocean City resident, Ray Lukas.

In North Wildwood the dunes were wiped out within the first couple hours of the storm.

City officials are now working to rebuild both the seawall and dunes starting with some of the hardest hit locations, but getting everything replenished they say could cost two million dollars.

"We are going to move forward on our own anticipating that we will get a refund from FEMA when the project is complete. That process typically takes 1 to 2 years and we are prepared for that," said North Wildwood City Council President, Patrick Rosenello.

Once the projects are complete both cities say that the tourist destinations will be open and ready for business come the summer season.

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