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July 20, 2013

Sand mining program proposed for residences


But Sarkady indicated he is determined to try.

Members of the Corps of Army Engineers said yesterday they make a decision on whether to approve such a plan, after reviewing all of the information.

Joe Story, chairman of the town’s Board of Selectmen, asked Ed O’Donnell, chief, navigation section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, if federal authorities would approve a sand mining plan.

“If this idea is a non-starter with you, we’d rather hear it now,” Story said, during the meeting.

O’Donnell replied, “We haven’t seen an application so I can’t say.” He said the application “would have to be reviewed by other federal agencies including Fish and Wildlife, and National Fisheries.”

Sarkady said he will develop data and continue to work with the DEP in an effort to activate the mining program.

Sarkady said that island homeowners interested in joining the sand mining program can contact him.

On a separate matter, O’Donnell said that continuation of reconstructive work on the south jetty on the north end of the island will likely start in mid-October. Request for bids will go out next month.

O’Donnell said the decision whether to transport the rock over the sand dunes, or in from the ocean, will be up to the contractor.

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