NEW SMYRNA BEACH — There’s a new surf shop in town named Friction, and between the uncertain future of this town’s famed wave and the competition that wave has attracted, friction is something there may be plenty of for this new venture.
Many local surfers worry a pending U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project to stabilize the inlet’s navigation channel by extending the south jetty also will cut the power off at a break widely regarded as one of the best on the East Coast.
Corps Project Manager Shelley Trulock said she doesn’t expect federal funding via a congressional earmark to come through for the project this or next fiscal year. Trulock also said the Department of Environmental Protection’s permit for the project has been extended through July 27, 2013. And, to lower costs, Trulock said, the extension has been reduced from 1,000 to 900 feet.
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