WILMINGTON, NEW HANOVER COUNTY - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding another public hearing on designating hundreds of miles of beaches along the Southeast and Gulf coasts as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles.
Wednesday's hearing in Wilmington is the second this week on the designation for 750 miles of shoreline. A third hearing is set for Morehead City on Thursday. The first was held in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday.
The federal agency estimates that it will cost about $150,000 a year to administer the Endangered Species Act along the designated beaches. The number reflects the costs of government reviews of projects such as beach renourishment in the critical areas that might affect sea turtles.
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