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Calvert officials plan for beach restoration


Prince Frederick, MD - The weather challenges of the previous year have prompted Calvert County Government officials to plan for some restorative work to a facility on the Chesapeake Bay. According to Calvert County Department of Public Works Director Shannon Q. Nazzal, weather-related damage was done to Breezy Point Beach and Campground. Ten campsites at Breezy Point were deemed unsafe. Nazzal stated in a member to the Calvert County Commissioners that last July a large erosion event occurred at the beach and campsite.

“Parks and Recreation, along with the Calvert Soil Conservation District are working together to design a system that would combine existing groins with offshore break waters,” Nazzal stated. “This design would be a ‘protectant’ against a 25-year storm as well as an everyday erosion barrier. Breezy Point Beach and Campground is located within the critical area as well as on the Chesapeake Bay. This makes the permitting process complex. State and local agencies are involved, along with the Army Corps of Engineers and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.”

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The entire project, if it receives all the necessary permits, would cost an estimated $1 million. Applications for a no interest state loan and grant funding have been submitted. Nazzal stated the survey, complete design package and the complete permitting package with Calvert Soil Conservation District is estimated to cost $66,500.00. County government staff recommended the commissioners allow funds from the Breezy Point Beach and Campground fund balance to be used cover the cost related to permitting, surveying and design.

“It’s about an eight-month process,” said Calvert Soil Conservation District Manager William A. Clark.

“It [Breezy Point Beach and Campground] has been taking a beating,” said Commissioner Mike Hart [R-District 1]. “It’s going to cost us a lot more in the future.”
The commissioners approved the $66,500 allocation from the facility’s fund balance to get the project started.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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