By David Madden

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (CBS) — It’s time for another beach replenishment project on the South Jersey shore. This time, a five-mile stretch that hasn’t seen work in eight years is getting a touch up.

Uncle Sam is ponying up 65% of the $18 million to pay for the work. The rest comes from the state and the towns getting the relocated sand, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s spokesman Larry Ragonese.

“The goal is to finish those beaches from Atlantic City down to Ventnor. It’ll be a 5.1 mile project. The Army Corps of Engineers will be the lead in doing that work,” Ragonese explains.

That work should be done in time for the 4th of July weekend. If it’s not, the project will go on hold until October.

In the meantime, a long term project to restore the storm-battered coastline on Long Beach Island is picking up, with work to center on Brant Beach.

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