This month’s Town Planning Commission Staff report stated that “USACE and Town have been discussing the next phase of the federal harbor dredge project.” With the summer season upon us, not having the dredging completed, much less started could become an issue as tourists and locals begin to access the beach. After reading the report, the Cape Charles Mirror contacted town staff to clarify whether any time tables had been set for the dredging, but have not received information as of this printing.
Sources tell the Mirror that the delay may have to do with additional requests by the town, such as where to place the dredging material. It was originally thought that up 90,000 cubic yards would be placed at the north end, but sources say that has been changed to only 30,000, with the rest requested to be moved to the upland spoil site (120,000 cu. Yds?). This will require using the 20″ piping from the beach to the upland site.
Where to place the dredge piping is also a cause for concern. The pipe is 20 inches, and depending on placement, could cause problems and discomfort for tourists and locals. The town is requesting that the pipe be placed at the back of the sidewalk.