NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Huge truck-loads of sand arrived at 11th view in the Willoughby Section of Ocean View Tuesday.
Although the sand was purchased from a company in Suffolk, much of the beach was replenished from sand taken from other sections of the Ocean View shore line.
"The sand moves from east to west," said Lee Rosenberg, the Environmental Services Manager for Norfolk's planning department. "What we're doing is taking it from the west and taking it back up to the east to let it work its way down the shore line."
Rosenberg said the sand recycling is a cost effective method to replenish the beach.
"If we buy sand from off-site, it's anywhere from 15 to 20 dollars a cubic yard of sand," he said. "If we recycle sand, it's 4 dollars a cubic yard."
You don't have to travel far in distance or in time to see the impact that the replenishment is having on the shore line. Still, there are some residents who question whether or not this is actually a good investment.
Ocean View resident John Kube thinks it is a waste of taxpayers' money.
"To me it's fool hardy," said Kube. "The next bad storm we have, half of it's going to go back in the bay."
Willoughby Civic League President Erle Marie Latimere has also seen the sand come and go, but is very supportive of the city's approach.
"They have become more sophisticated, I suppose in the way it's being handled, and this is a new, and I think really wonderful, way to do it," Latimere said.
The city is fighting erosion on land and sea. They are also replacing the decaying wooden groins with rock break water barriers.
"They do a better job of protecting the shoreline, they do the same thing," Roseberg said. "They also allow you to move the beach out."
And In the process, they are removing what has become a safety hazard to swimmers; the wooden jetties have been in the water at Ocean View for decades and are no longer structurally sound.
This project cost a little over 2 million dollars, and Rosenberg said that is a pretty good investment when you consider the value of the private and public property the city is trying to preserve.
The makeover at the Willoughby Section of Ocean View is just one aspect of what Norfolk hopes is a long-term coastal management plan for this valuable shoreline.
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