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April 9, 2013

Town, state split over Salisbury Beach fix


The legislators offered two ways for DCR to do that. First, they want the agency to harvest and stockpile more sand than the 15,000 cubic yards from the sandbar at the north jetty and use it for this restoration project and future needs.

Rowden said the 15,000 cubic yards identified by DCR refers to accumulated sand on the sandbar that’s above the water.

“DCR doesn’t plan to harvest sand from below the water line because that would require bigger and better permits, like from the Army Corps (of Engineers),” Rowden explained.

The second option the legislators present is for DCR to postpone until fall demolishing the shuttered Sidewalk Cafe at Ocean Front South, which they purchased last year. Targeted for the demolition is roughly $300,000 of the Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trust Fund, money O’Connor Ives and Costello believe should be used to underwrite the storm damage restoration project instead, since it’s more urgent. The sand scheduled to rebuild the Sidewalk Cafe dune requires about 14,000 cubic yards, the legislators point out, almost the same amount needed to fix the eroded dunes.

“I feel it’s especially important to shore up areas where homeowners invested (their own money buying) sand to ensure that sand doesn’t wash away,” O’Connor Ives said yesterday. “To me, that’s just common sense.”

O’Connor Ives wants a good working partnership with DCR to benefit all involved, and this response from the agency is an important factor. Both she and Costello plan a conference call with the agency this week to discuss the options they outlined in their letter.

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