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May 17, 2013

Locals disappointed by state's beach repairs

Not enough sand taken to fix problem areas

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It’s the state’s beach, said Salisbury Conservation agent Michele Rowden, so Salisbury couldn’t force DCR to fix areas Salisbury believed were the most severely damaged. What the Salisbury Conservation Commission could and did do through the permitting process was prevent DCR from using sand in areas the town didn’t believe measured up to emergency status.

Since the storms hit, beachfront homeowners have scrambled and spent thousands of dollars to bring in sand to shore up the dunes in front of their homes on property they own. But without DCR re-establishing the dune system on its land that abuts these homes, the next storm could savage the area again.

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