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May 15, 2014

Beach repairs planned for Salisbury's north end

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The town’s target date to replenish the beach is mid-June, he said, so things need to move along quickly if sand is to be brought in next month.

With 34 property owners involved, Harrington said, Salisbury Conservation Agent Michelle Rowden will be working with the neighborhood association to move the approval project forward in the most expeditious manner possible.

Harrington said as soon as the May 19 Town Meeting is completed, he hopes to sit down with the beach homeowners involved to alert them to all the related issues and solicit their cooperation.

A series of storms scoured out portions of the beach in early 2013, devastating the sacrificial dune system in many places. Last spring, DCR replenished stricken areas of the beach with 15,000 cubic yards of sand harvested from the nearby sand bar that had increased in size due to sand eroded from the beach. But the 15,000 cubic yards of sand wasn’t enough to restore all of the dunes in front of vulnerable homes between beach access ways 6 and 7.

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