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14 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 Erosion Continued from page 1 brought in 6,000 cubic yards of sand to the tune of $105,000. Each of about 200 residents paid $1,500 in assessments for that time peri- od, said Linnen. The community association budgets for beach projects, which often use up 75 percent to 80 per-" cent of the allotments. This does- n't leave much for infrastructure improvements. There won't be enough money this year to do the beach project, but Linnen said she wants to do it in the near future. "We're not rich people," said Linnen. "Most of us bought here when the market was flat. You could buy the land for $75,000 and build a house for less than $200,000. Today each lot goes for a half million," she said. While the roads are private, Linnen said, "A lot of people come in to use the beach instead of paying the fee at the state park." The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has agreed to help combat erosion on the beach, but without funding, the project cannot move forward. DNREC officials estimate the Cape Shores beach line will need about 25,000 cubic yards of sand to build dunes and widen the beach. The project could cost almost $500,000, said Linnen. "We Would like the state to help us. DNREC doesn't have the money," said Linnen. "To finance the [project] we need state arid federal support. We've talked to legislators, but there is a lack of money." Tony Pratt, Shoreline and Waterway Management adminis- trator for DNREC, said the Cape Shores development has an inter- esting problem. If there were more beach access it would not be a problem to fund restoration, he said. Because there is no public park- ing, other high traffic beaches, such as those from Rehoboth Beach to Bethany Beach, receive the majority of funding for Rachel Swick photo Right down the road from the bustling ferry terminal, residents of Cape Shores find them- selves losing their beach. As time passes and storms pass through, the beach at Cape Shores is constantly washing away. Residents plan to work with the state to replenish the beach, but funding is hard to come by. restoration projects. "It will take a lot of people get- ting involved to workout a solu- tion for the [Cape Shores] proj- ect," said Pratt. "Currently we have no propos- al before us to replenish that beach. We are looking for long- term solutions," he said. Attempts to find a long-term solution have gone unfulfilled so far. A plan for Cape Shores to work with the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), the Pilot Point development and DNREC fell by the wayside when both the DRBA and Pilot Point opted out of the plan. The ferry terminal is part of the reason the beach at Cape Shores has eroded, said Pratt. The termi- nal juts out into the water and interrupts the flow of sand to the Cape Shores. Instead, the sand flows toward Pilot Point, where the beach is very wide. "First we are going to look for sources of sand. Then we can fig- ure out an actual cost for the proj- ect and look for funding," said Pratt. "But, our fwst challenge is going to be finding the sand." II 1 1 1 Blackpool Rd., Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club Wooded Lot directly on Bald Eagle Lagoon. $949,900 Easy access to. Rehoboth Bay! Ron Crain RF'A4 Realty Group 317 Rehoboth Ave. or Herb Shupard Rehoboth Beach, DE 227-5600 Dir00,i,e 227-4800 O, ioe I