Coalition hopes to get more state dollars for NC’s beaches

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — A group of real estate agents, community leaders and tourism officials is organizing to get an ongoing supply of state money to help maintain North Carolina’s beaches.

Local media outlets report those attending a workshop in Carolina Beach on Wednesday were encouraged to get involved with the Coalition for North Carolina Beaches.

In the past, federal and state matching money has covered 65 percent of beach renourishment projects with local communities picking up the rest.

But organizers of the coalition warn that with budget disputes in Washington, that federal money may not be available much longer.

The group hopes to have legislation ready to take to the General Assembly next year that would create a dedicated, ongoing state fund to help pay for maintaining beaches.

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