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By Patricia Smith, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 10--JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- President Bush's proposed 2006 fiscal year budget paints a bleak picture for the future of federally funded beach nourishment projects in Onslow and Carteret counties. Feasibility studies for beach nourishment in Surf City/North Topsail Beach and Bogue Banks were among line items not included the draft spending plan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District's Civil Works program.
Along with cuts in channel maintenance projects, it creates a "double whammy" in terms of economic impact for the coastal communities, said …