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$13.8M beach renourishment underway on Georgia coast

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — A project to repair erosion to Georgia's largest public beach is underway east of Savannah. Crews have been pumping sand onto the beach at Tybee Island since early December. City Manager Shawn Gillen tells WTOC-TV work is about a week behind schedule, but workers should be done pumping new sand around Jan. 20. The state and federal governments are spending $13.8 million to renourish Tybee Island's beach. The project has been in the works since Hurricanes Mathew and Irma pushed damaging storm surge onto the Georgia coast in 2016 and 2017. The repair work includes building a new stretch of dune to help protect beachfront structures from future surge, and rebuilding several crossover walkways onto the beach that suffered storm damage.

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