Beach in front of Pelican Watch, Southern Shores.

By a vote of 4-1 the Southern Shores town council approved a beach nourishment project on the southern end of the town.

Time was running out for the Council to act. Although permitting and survey work was moving forward, the town had to commit to beach nourishment if it was going to piggyback on the Kitty Hawk portion of the Intra-local agreement that includes Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and now Southern Shores.

The portion of the beach that will be nourished is approximately 2500’ north of the Kitty Hawk town line. Located in front of Pelican Watch, residents and property owners have become increasingly concerned as the ocean has moved closer to structures over the past year.

Dare County has agreed to pay half the cost up to $500,000, although the final bill is expected to be less than that. If, however, the town did not approve the project in time to participate this year, the next opportunity would be in 2018 in conjunction with the renourishing the Nags Head project. 

However, because Nags Head is farther away from Southern Shores than Kitty Hawk, the cost would escalate.

The town’s share will include a $150,000 offset from the 26 properties bordering the beach that will be nourished. The remaining funds will come from town coffers.

Councilman Gary McDonald cast the lone dissenting vote, saying nourishment would entail “a never-ending financial obligation to the town.”

The project will begin in late June.