The city was successful in its claim for just more than $773,000 from the federal government following the November 2009 storm. Hampton does not have to make a contribution, said Wilson.

The grant will bring 15,000 cubic yards of new sand to Buckroe Beach.

"It took a lot of the beach away," Wilson said of the storm. "Last year we put a groin in so that has helped with stabilization of that beach area." A groin is a small jetty that can prevent sand from drifting down the shore.

Wilson said the loss of sand threatened to exacerbate erosion and leave less sand for beach goers.

"Now we have that rock jetty at Point Comfort and we are putting the sand back in that's going to help us. We'll have a rock jetty on each side of the pier and we'll have more stabilization of the sand there. It probably will require less replenishment," Wilson said.

The sand is in addition to the city's regular replenishment programs. Wilson said no sand has been brought to Buckroe since the nor'easter hit. In 2005 the city and federal government spent $4.4 million in replenishing sand at Buckroe that eroded naturally since earlier beach nourishment projects in 1990 and 1996.

"This helps us out prior to the beach season," Wilson said. "With all the development going on at Buckroe this is a positive thing for the beach and Buckroe," he said.

Wilson said Buckroe is set to be transformed this year as the parks and recreation department implements a number of improvement projects.

"We have a lot going on," he said. "We are looking at improving the rest room facility which will go into the summer. We are looking at another jetty going down to Pilot Avenue and with the development we are hoping to use some city funds to build new shelters out there too."

That work will be ongoing this summer, he said. "We are looking to give the park a nice facelift to complement the development that's happening out there."

Wilson said the sand will be clean sand that poses no hazard to beach goers. In the past, sand dredged from the Chesapeake Bay was used to replenish the beach and ordnance in the sand was later discovered.

"We have gone through the beach and cleaned it and we have precautions if we come across things," said Wilson. "But we haven't come across anything."

Ricky Edgerton, chairman of the Parade of Homes which is being built near the beach, said Tuesday the developer hopes to hold a walk-through in May when four single-family homes and one multi-family block are scheduled to be completed.

He said the high-quality development would help transform the beach area for the better.

Eddie Deerfield, president of the Buckroe Improvement League and one of the people who took legal action against the Parade of Homes site last year, said he welcomes the improvements planned to the park at Buckroe.

"We're very happy about what the city is doing at the park with the new shelters and new bathroom," he said. "It will make it more of a family area. We still have a problem with the parking down there when it's busy."

Unexploded ordnance?

Dozens of live artillery shells have been found at Buckroe Beach in the past decade. They were pumped from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in a past sand replenishment operation.

In 2005, the explosive launch system for a Navy Seasparrow missile was found by a beachcomber with a metal detector. Scores of old military rounds have been found on Buckroe Beach since 1990, the year officials believe the ordnance was pumped onto the beach with tons of sand.

City officials said the sand in this month's replenishment project is clean of ordnance and comes from Currituck County, N.C.