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$5.5m for Plum Island jetty repair

In the aftermath of punishing storms that have left several homes vulnerable to the ravenous Atlantic, Plum Island is getting a significant and long-called-for measure of relief that some say doesn’t go far enough.

An infusion of $5.5 million in federal funding will allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete its repair of the 1,400-foot-long southern jetty at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Deterioration and neglect has for years been blamed as a main contributor to the erosion problems that continue to befall the barrier island spanning Newbury, Newburyport, and Ipswich.

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