Several Outer Banks beaches to be widened in 2017

(AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — Officials say plans to widen several Outer Banks beaches next year will come with a lower overall price tag but with extra expenses to protect sea turtles.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Buxton are planning to beef up their beaches during the spring and summer of 2017.

The newspaper says beach replenishment is cheaper if it’s done during those months instead of the winter. But federal laws require numerous precautions and careful monitoring to avoid harming protected sea turtles.

Still, officials say the overall price of the projects should be lower than if they were done in the winter when contractors charge higher rates.

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