State funding for two beach fill projects spanning Avalon and Sea Isle City was approved Tuesday.

The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Coastal Engineering informed the shore towns that the state would reimburse 75 percent of the cost of the beach fill.

The total project costs are estimated at about $10.4 million dollars between the two shore towns. The state will fund three-quarters of that cost, while local funds are used to pay the rest.

By the end of the project, Avalon will have received 500,000 cubic yards of sand, while Sea Isle City will have received 700,000 cubic yards.

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi was informed of the state funding Tuesday afternoon.

“We combined our efforts and resources and the result will be a protective and recreational beach in Avalon for the summer of 2010 and beyond,” Pagliughi said in a statement released Tuesday.

In a well-publicized coin toss last month, Avalon was chosen as the starting point for the beach fill project, which is in its earliest stages.

Sand is expected to be pumped onto the beach on or around Saturday, according to borough officials.

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