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December 4, 2012

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In other business, members of the MRBA learned local beach communities are not eligible for relief funding as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Cynthia Lewis, a staff assistant to state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, who heads the MRBA, said that a county must receive in excess of $2.5 million damage in order to qualify for relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Alliance members didn’t dispute the finding of relief officials that rejected local claims.

But leaders said that selectmen and municipal staffers must document the condition of their beaches now so that they will have proper paperwork with which to apply after a future storm.

“If damage is not documented, relief funding won’t happen,” said Salisbury Selectman Jerry Klima, who serves as vice-chairman of the MRBA.

He suggested that municipal employees in Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury chart and document the amount of sand and dunes that currently exist.

If a future storm damages a beach or accelerates erosion, local officials can use such data to document the size of loss.

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