Delayed Beach Replenishment Project Finally Starts in Bethany
Posted: Jun 4, 2018 9:26 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(BETHANY BEACH, Del.) - Bethany Beach visitors have extra company on the shore for the next few weeks.
Construction trucks, survey towers and dredging machines were up and running on the beaches Monday afternoon working to restore dunes damaged during a destructive winter season.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said equipment arrived late last week after the project's original mid-may start date was delayed to June 1, meaning repairs for South Bethany and Fenwick Island are also behind schedule.
Work was originally slated to be complete by July.
Sunbathers next to the construction site Monday said the work doesn't bother them all that much.
"They haven't been awful. They've got to what they got to do. The guys are sweet about it. They're really polite and it's a good thing," said Theresa Woods of Stephens City, West Virginia.
Some South Bethany Beach residents werren't all that concerned about the work happening during the height of the summer season, but said they can't imagine unsuspecting visitors won't be.
"Are people who paid a lot of money, $8,000-9,000 for a week, going to be happy that the beach is closed? I think not," said Dennis Franks, a resident of North 6th street. "I would've thought they would've done this either in the fall or earlier in the spring."
The now not-so-quiet resort towns have alerted residents that repairs are done 24 hours a day seven days a week within a 14-day schedule.
Even though the timing may be inconvenient for beach visitors, some say it's a small price to pay for the luxury of having any beach at all.
"It's something that needs to be done. We need to protect the shores. And whether or not it's a small inconvenience, quite honestly it's just something you have to accept," said Dennis Obermayer, a South Bethany resident.
Repairs in Bethany will be complete by the end of June, according to the Corps' website. Work will start in South Bethany by mid-to-late June, ending by mid-to-late July before transitioning to Fenwick Island which is expected to be complete by early August.
For more information about the beach replenishment schedule, visit http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/delaware/.