Corps of Engineers Savannah District Commander Col. Daniel Hibner shakes hands with Congressman Buddy Carter (right) and Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman
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Corps of Engineers Savannah District Commander Col. Daniel Hibner shakes hands with Congressman Buddy Carter (right) and Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman

The mayor of Tybee Island and the Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement Thursday to pump more sand onto the Tybee beach.

 

The process of dredging up sand and adding it to the beach is called renourishment, and is completed every seven years or so. This round will be federally funded, rather than using a combination of federal, state and local funds.

 

But Mayor Jason Buelterman said the city will add its own money so they can build up the dunes along the beach too.

 

"We saw with [Hurricanes] Matthew and Irma that water rushed into the gaps in our dune system and flooded properties — obviously we don't want that to happen anymore," he said.

 

The renourishment will add about 1 million to 1.3 million cubic yards of sand to the beach at a cost of about $12 million. The city will add $2.6 million for the additional dune work.

 

The project won't get started for a few months, waiting until after sea turtle nesting and hatching season is over.