Dewey Beach replenishment slowed by contractor delays

    By: Tasha Jamerson

    A beach improvement project that was supposed to be done by now, is still is on hold. And officials fear the delay of the replenishment of Dewey Beach could effect tourism dollars this summer.

    By: Tasha Jamerson
    tjamerson@whyy.org

    A beach improvement project that was supposed to be done by now, is still is on hold. And officials fear the delay of the replenishment of Dewey Beach could effect tourism dollars this summer.

    It’s all quiet along the dunes of Dewey Beach, much to the dismay of state officials. Tony Pratt is the shoreline administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources, he says the replenishment of sand and grass has been delayed  because the contractor is behind schedule on another project in New Jersey.

    Pratt: They’ve run into some problems with weather and maybe some equipment problems and so they’ve been delayed getting that project finished and that’s the one that fell before us.

    Right now they hope to start pumping sand here around April 25, finishing up the project by the end of May.

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