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VIRGINIA BEACH---Inch by inch, sand withers away behind homes on Chesapeake Beach.

Hurricane Sandy was the latest challenge for homeowners like Julie Brouse.

'After Sandy, the city brought in 200 truckloads of sand and built it back up,' said Brouse. 'They finished at 9 p.m., and by 11 p.m. a Nor'easter came through and washed it all away.'

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms now hopes to expedite the process of a full-beach replenishment.

Sessoms sent a letter to the governor asking the state to support a plan to mine for sand in the Chesapeake Bay.

The plans are similar to replenishment projects in Sandbridge and Cape Henry, but those projects took years to develop.

The city hopes the governor can help expedite the permitting process in the General Assembly.

Phil Roehrs, a water resources engineer with the city's Public Works Department says, 'Chesapeake Beach is the last of our beaches that needs to be addressed with some form of erosion-control project.'

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