Oct 24, 2013 4:48 PM
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) — For one California beach city, every grain of sand counts.
The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/1a3v1US) that Port Hueneme (wy-NEE'-mee) is starved for sand because Congress has not allocated enough money to help repair the city's badly eroded beaches.
The city, home to a naval base and about 20,000 residents, is supposed to receive extra sand every two years through nearby dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
But the most recent dredging wasn't done because of federal budget restraints.
City officials say the erosion problem is so bad that the ocean comes right up to a street on the west end of town.
On Wednesday, a four pound bag of sand arrived at City Hall from Stockholm, Sweden, sent by a family who recently visited Port Hueneme.
Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com