|Example of an Outer Banks beach that has been nourished. Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.|
Welcome to 2014, which may well be the Year of Beach Nourishment on the Outer Banks–although it’s usually called shoreline mitigation now.
Every town in Dare County along the northern Outer Banks is moving forward with nourishment plans. Even Southern Shores, which is the only municipality that is not facing an imminent loss of beach is working on ordinances that would allow the town access to the beach in case nourishment or mitigation is needed.
In Duck the first phase–which is the formal study and is the least expensive part–has been funded and is moving forward.
Kitty Hawk has committed to the Interlocal Agreement for Beach Nourishment Funding, which will insure that the towns working on nourishment projects will work in concert with one another. At a series of meetings throughout the fall, county officials pointed out there were substantial savings for the towns and County if everyone was working together.
The town of Kill Devil Hills has advised property owners to expect a 10% increase to pay for beach nourishment, and beach front properties may have a higher assessment.
There is widespread agreement along the Outer Banks that although shoreline mitigation and nourishment projects are expensive they are the best alternative available for preserving property and beaches.