Broward beaches bulked up ahead of storm season

As the summer storm season approaches, a five-mile stretch of coast in northern Broward County was built up with sand, the Army Corps of Engineers announced.

More than 10,000 truck trips – or 130 truckloads a day — carried the sand from a mine near Lake Okeechobee to the coast, without a single accident, the Corps told the Sun-Sentinel.

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“They put a lot of sand down, white sand,” Betsy Vienna, who has lived for 13 years at Starlight Towers in Pompano Beach said. “The beach looks lovely.”

The beach needed to be restored after it was stripped by Hurricane Sandy. The restoration work increased the height of the beach by a few feet from the area from just south of Hillsboro Inlet to southern Lauderdale by the Sea. [Sun-Sentinel]Christopher Cameron