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By Jim Shilander
The Army Corps of Engineers may have located a site that could provide sand for beach replenishment, but members of the Coastal Advisory Commission have concerns about the quality of that sand.
The beach replenishment project, which is a part of a larger federal spending bill in Congress, would add approximately 50 feet of sand to the beach between Linda Lane and South T-Street. The potential sand “borrow site” is off Oceanside and the material would be transported to the area by barge.
Commission member Ken Nielsen, however, voiced concerns over the quality of that sand, noting that Oceanside’s own replenishment sand was brought in from Del Mar.
If the project was successful and residents wanted to make the project an ongoing one, Mayor Tim Brown said he would be open to putting a fee before voters, similar to the Clean Ocean Fee, to fund ongoing work. Initial work would likely cost the city $4 million with its share increasing from 35 percent to 50 percent if it became an ongoing project.