Residents Upset About Sand Mixing

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Construction crews started early Wednesday morning creating artificial dunes to protect homes and businesses on the beach against future storms.

They're digging sand from different sand pits in Walton, Washington and Bay Counties, and that's creating different color shades along the beach.

Regardless of the color, Walton officials say this is a mandatory project, but others aren't welcoming the new sand.

Project managers say the sun will bleach the new sand causing it to eventually blend in with the original white sand, but it won't happen overnight, and some homeowners say they don't want to invest that much time.

The sand is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the whitest. The sand crews are using for this project is rated about a 6.