Noursihed beach in Nags Head, looking north to Jennette's Pier.

Here at Brindley Beach we’ve written about beach nourishment from time to time because it is an issue that will effect everyone who lives here or visits the Outer Banks. It seems it’s time to again give a quick overview of some of the things that are happening. 

Some of this is financial and some is legal, but property owners especially probably need to know what is happening. 

June is the beginning of the fiscal year and most Outer Banks property owners will see a small increase in their ad valorem tax to offset the anticipated cost of beach nourishment projects. 

Kitty Hawk has increased their ad valorem by $.02 and Kill Devil Hills by $.03. In Duck $.026 of the ad valorem tax is already earmarked for beach nourishment.

The NC State Legislature unanimously passed legislation giving Duck quick take condemnation powers as it relates to beach nourishment. The legislation is considered an important part of any beach nourishment or mitigation project, allowing a municipality access as needed in project zones. Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head also have quick take condemnation powers.

Southern Shores is the only Dare County town north of Oregon Inlet that is not planning on participating in a county wide nourishment project. At this point in time the town’s beaches are stable and do not require nourishment. However, the town has proposed preliminary planning in case it does become necessary.