Panama City Beach to undergo beach renourishment

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Officials say a $13.5 million beach renourishment program is slated to begin early next month.
The white sand is being deep-dredged from offshore "borrow areas." It will be pumped through large pipes to the beach.

Lisa Armbruster, a spokeswoman for Sustainable Beaches, says a large, barge-like vessel will pick the sand up from the Gulf of Mexico's floor and take it to an area close to the beach. From there, it will be piped onto the beach. She says the project will take about three months.

Armbruster says the "beach quality" sand that may appear darker than the white sand beachgoers are used to seeing. She says the sand will lighten over time.

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