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Trucks of sand arrive at Misquamicut

Trucks of sand arrive at Misquamicut

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By: Chelsea Priest
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A carousel of trucks circle piles of sand at Misquamicut State Beach, it's new sand, over 100,000 tons of it. The trucks full of sand being dropped off are all part of a beach restoration project.

Local business owners couldn't be happier. Kevin Urbonas is an owner of Two Little Fish. He says, "I think the beach replenishment effort down at the state beach is a wonderful idea, not only as a business person because it's going to bring more people down here, but as a citizen, it's going to make the beach more accessible and overall just a more enjoyable experience."

Other business owners on Atlantic Avenue think the beach and businesses have come a very long way since Sandy. Charles Trefes is the Vice President of the Misquamicut Business Association. He says, "I'm excited about it. I think anything they can do for beach restoration down here is a really positive step."

The $3.1 million dollar Army Corps. of Engineers project is being funded by federal grant money. The crews started last week and hope to have the job done within 30 days. There's only one hiccup, SpringFest is the weekend of May 9th and currently the sand is located right where the festival sets up, causing some nervousness. Trefes says, "a little bit, a little bit, they were a little behind schedule with getting started, so hopefully this pans out and they get all those trucks moving and they get it up on the beach and out of the way."

The sand deliveries will hopefully be far enough down the beach by the time set-up begins late next week.

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