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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners unanimously approved a more than $14 million renourishment project for both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Part of the price tag is being funded at the federal and state level, something that commissioners say could soon come to an end.

The project agreement calls for the county to fork up more than $9 million, money that would come from the county’s room occupancy tax.

“We’ve got some real challenges ahead of us,” says Commissioner Rick Catlin.

According Catlin, because of a new federal earmark, its unlikely our area will receive any money unless there is damage from a hurricane.

“That’s where we got the money this time,” he says. “It didn’t come from regular beach renourishment, it came from Hurricane Irene money.

In signing the agreement, commissioners agreed the county would also be responsible for any extra costs if the project runs over budget. Though a little weary, in the end the board agreed the funding was worth it.

“If we don’t sign this MOA, we are in jeopardy of losing it and then it would all come out of our room tax,” Catlin says.

For the past three years, at least $3 million that would have gone towards nourishment and tourism promotion has helped pay for the Wilmington Convention Center.

Also at the meeting, commissioners discussed a proposed contract with Covanta Energy, a company selected to restore the county’s trash incinerator, formerly known as WASTEC.

Commissioners will hold a work session on September 13 and a public hearing at their September 17 meeting.

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2 Comments on "Commissioners approve Pleasure Island beach renourishment, discuss incinerator’s future"

2015 years 9 months ago

Please show us links in the cities and town budgets where Wilmington pays 48% of the beach re nourishment in New Hanover county.
We are well aware of the general assembly law that gave wilmington permission to set up a special tax zone for the convention center and the restrictions placed on those funds.
That law can be reversed in the future.
IF THAT law had not been passed the funds COULD have been used for beach sand.
Keep trying “Mary”


Mary Osbourne
2015 years 9 months ago

Why don’t these reporters get their facts straight instead of just repeating whAt they hear. The fact is, money she says was used for the convention center that could be used instead for beach renourishment can only be used – by state law approved by General Assembly – for the convention center, nothing else. She also fails to mention that the hotel room tax money paying for the convention center was set up by the General Assembly just for the convention center and can’t be used for anything else. Lastly, she also fails to mention that hotels inside the city limits already pay for 48% of all beach renourishment in New Hanover County.


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