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Commissioners Nate McLaughlin and David Sullivan, Administrator Craig Coffey, Engineer Faith Alkhatib, Rep. Paul Renner, Sen. Travis Hutson, Commissioners Greg Hansen, Donald O'Brien, Charles Ericksen and Rick Belhumeur.

It's go time: Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of Flagler County dunes restoration project

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Commissioners Nate McLaughlin and David Sullivan, Administrator Craig Coffey, Engineer Faith Alkhatib, Rep. Paul Renner, Sen. Travis Hutson, Commissioners Greg Hansen, Donald O'Brien, Charles Ericksen and Rick Belhumeur.

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"I want to say thank you to the public — for your patience and strength to endure all these storms and hardships we’ve gone through and know that your strength and your support has helped us," Coffey said. Photo by Paige Wilson

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

"I want to say thank you to the public — for your patience and strength to endure all these storms and hardships we’ve gone through and know that your strength and your support has helped us," Coffey said. Photo by Paige Wilson

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Beach access mats will be installed at public parks and roads that end at the beach to allow access for guests and residents while still preventing damage to the dunes. Photo by Paige Wilson

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Beach access mats will be installed at public parks and roads that end at the beach to allow access for guests and residents while still preventing damage to the dunes. Photo by Paige Wilson

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“This is really a very nice time to see it come through,” County Engineer Faith Alkhatib said. “We are in the construction phase. I’m so excited. And the special thing about it is we’re doing it in-house.” Photo by Paige Wilson

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

“This is really a very nice time to see it come through,” County Engineer Faith Alkhatib said. “We are in the construction phase. I’m so excited. And the special thing about it is we’re doing it in-house.” Photo by Paige Wilson

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"Every one of your commissioners called me and Representative Renner probably once every two weeks regarding this money to try and get it here to protect these citizens for the next storm that’s coming," said Sen. Hutson.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

"Every one of your commissioners called me and Representative Renner probably once every two weeks regarding this money to try and get it here to protect these citizens for the next storm that’s coming," said Sen. Hutson.

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The dunes restoration project officially started Monday, Jan. 22, with a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 27. Photo by Paige Wilson

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

The dunes restoration project officially started Monday, Jan. 22, with a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 27. Photo by Paige Wilson

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"Our beaches are so critical, and the dunes are so critical to protecting the homes and businesses in our community," said Rep. Renner.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

"Our beaches are so critical, and the dunes are so critical to protecting the homes and businesses in our community," said Rep. Renner.

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“All in all, it’s going to cost about $25 million to repair the dunes, and we’ve got that money in hand,” Flagler County Commissioner Greg Hansen said. “It’s all funded, so that’s the good news.” Photo by Paige Wilson

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

“All in all, it’s going to cost about $25 million to repair the dunes, and we’ve got that money in hand,” Flagler County Commissioner Greg Hansen said. “It’s all funded, so that’s the good news.” Photo by Paige Wilson

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Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin walks on the beach to look at the dune damage before the ceremony. Photo by Paige Wilson

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 |

Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin walks on the beach to look at the dune damage before the ceremony. Photo by Paige Wilson

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