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VIRGINIA BEACH-Va. Beach is considering a new strategy to pay for dredging projects in a large group of neighborhoods.

Many waterways surrounding the Hurds Cove section are critically shallow, cutting off any recreational use for residents.

To fix that, the city wouldcreate a special tax district. Waterfront property owners there would pay a surcharge on their real estate tax in exchange for navigational dredging.

As the proposal stands now, the city would dredge a channel from its main navigation channel to the neighborhood.

City Council was first briefed on this concept back in 2010.

The next step will be to set up community workshops so residents can learn more about the proposal and to see if they're willing to participate.

City Council has agreed with staff's recommendation that 80% of residents need to take part in order for the project to move forward.

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