NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- One topic at Monday night’s New Hanover County Commission meeting was money. Kure Beach needs nourishment money and the Fed is not too generous.
What is a beach town without a beach? That was one question at the County Commission meeting. Kure Beach like all sand cities needs money for beach nourishment, and those dollars look like yesterday’s sand castle
Commissioner Rick Catlin wants the fed to step up with their share.
“The federal government benefits from our storm protection efforts here in savings to FEME money during a storm it also they get a three to one benefit cost ratio on every dollar that they spend but because beach nourishment is classifies as an earmark, if it doesn’t come out in in the president’s budget, it just doesn't come out”.
Meantime the county has devised a clever plan to swap dollars to help Kure. New County Manager Chris Coudriet explains.
“It will be State appropriations given to Carolina Beach for beach renourishment those dollars would be re appropriated to our sand fund.”
The amount is about 1.6 million dollars and while details have not been finalized Mayor Dean Lambeth of Kure Beach is happy with the help and also wants the fed on board.
“We keep doing the economic surveys and one dollar in beach renourishment is worth 300 in real time and to the beaches but they have got to be shown a way that beach renourishment protects the property.”
The County funding will act as a grant for Kure Beach. The State House ratified the Water Resources Flexibility bill today to facilitate funding for area beaches. It goes to the Governor for her signature.
Manager Chris Coudriet is one new addition, this was his first meeting as manager.
One old thing, Brian Berger was late again. Some things never change.