SACO, Maine (AP) - Through the decades, the ocean has destroyed more than 30 homes in the southern Maine seaside village of Camp Ellis while washing away roadways and utilities.

Property owners have long searched for a remedy, and several studies have looked at the problem without an answer.

Now, a new Army Corps of Engineers report is recommending a solution, giving residents renewed hope that something - finally - might be done to mitigate the erosion and replenish what's left of their beach.

If all goes to plan, a new rock jetty would be built to keep beach-eroding waves away, and the beach would be replenished with nearly a billion pounds of sand.

Camp Ellis homeowner Rick Milliard is cautiously optimistic and says this is the first time he's seen a firm proposal.

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