Carolina Beach asks county for renourishment help

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Submitted: Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:15am
Updated: Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:07am

Carolina Beach, N.C. (WWAY) – Beach renourishment has been going on with the help of the federal government for almost 50 years.

The trouble is that millions of dollars in federal funds is slated to run out at the end of this year.

Carolina Beach’s Town Council approved a resolution Monday asking the county for assistance in getting federal money to help with beach renourishment.

“That would give us the opportunity to take advantage of 4.8 million dollars in federal funding that has just been found so to speak,” said Dan Wilcox, Mayor of Carolina Beach.

If federal money is received by the beaches it must be matched by some local source.

Carolina Beach would like that money to come from the room occupancy tax fund.

“The money in the room occupancy tax fund was built up for an opportunity just like this,” said Kure Beach Town Councilman David Heglar, “That’s a significant amount of money that the beach towns do not have to match to get the federal and state funds that are available.”

If the county decides not to give money to the beaches that means federal funds go away too.

“I think it’s important for county staff to explain to the beach towns clearly what their concerns are so we can address them,” Heglar said.

Kure Beach’s town council hasn’t voted on their end of the resolution but members say they’re supportive of what Carolina Beach has done.

“So in the long run we look at that as a very positive thing,” Wilcox said, “anytime you can get almost 5-million dollars worth of federal funds that won’t be available again in the future.”

New Hanover County is expected to discuss the funding as early as Tuesday morning.

A decision is not expected until the first of next month.

If approved and funded the project would begin this September with completion hopefully around first of 2015.

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3 Comments on "Carolina Beach asks county for renourishment help"

2015 years 8 months ago

What about just NOT building right on the beach?? Why should the tax payers (federal, state & county) be on the hook for other’s foolishness. Beach renourishment is nothing but welfare for idiotic investments and poor town set-back policy.

2015 years 8 months ago

And one that will go on forever it seems. The beach towns (and county) need tourists who want nice beaches. The “hoi polloi” want nice beaches to protect their million dollar beach front homes.
Then we have the city of Wilmington siphoning off 100% of ROT from down town hotels for the Convention Center fund and 50% OF all ROT for hotels outside of the downtown area (but within city limits) for the CC.
The CC attracts how many people? The beaches attract how many hundreds of thousands of tourists?
The county should STOP Wilmington from doing this and let the CC stand on it’s own. The beaches remain the number one driver of business activity here AND keeping channels dredged keeps commercial fishermen working more efficiently too.

I’m not sure terminal groins are the answer – heck, I have reservations about fooling with what Mother Nature does on her own too, but this seems to be our fate – so lets do it.
BUT as I have said repeatedly – the beach front towns should investigate the feasibility of pooling resources to buy, man and maintain dredging equipment of their own for beach renourishment.
We get nor’easters during the winter and hurricanes during the summer that devastate our beaches. It’s time to treat this like a maintenance operation……


Cathy Lane
2015 years 8 months ago

That money you want to spend to extend the Boardwalk would be better spent on this project. First and foremost, people come to the beach for beach assess. Without that, we can not attract the visitors needed to support the community.