TANGIER ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A jetty and a seawall will be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made the announcement on Tuesday. The 3-mile long island sits in the Chesapeake Bay and has been threatened by erosion and storm surges for years.
The cost of the project will be about $4.2 million, with the federal government paying for about $3.2 million and the state paying the rest. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.
Much of the island's economy is dependent upon the harbor serving as a hub for commercial fishermen. The island has fewer than 500 residents and more than 125 of them are licensed commercial watermen.
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