Fenwick Island town officials announced the completion of the beach replenishment project last week, much to the relief of residents and businesses. The project, which was scheduled to finish by Aug. 22 actually ended up completing on Aug. 12. The project was conducted by the town and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control, and was funded by the state of Delaware.

The replenishment project was necessary to reverse the affects of tides punishing the town’s sands in recent decades, especially from the 2009 nor’easters. Bulldozers dug deep trenches which were filled with water and filtered sand. Once the water drained the bulldozers then extended the beach as needed.

“They just rolled right through, with perfect weather and apparently no malfunctions,” Fenwick vice-mayor Todd Smallwood told Coastal Point.