County Commission approves funding for Carolina Beach renourishment, passes on moving up Kure Beach plan

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Submitted: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 1:35am
Updated: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 3:40am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County will chip in nearly $2 million for beach renourishment at Carolina Beach, but commissioners tonight took no action on a plan to move up a project for Kure Beach.

Tonight commissioners agreed to spend $1.863 million in room occupancy tax money for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Fall 2014 Coastal Storm Damage Reduction. The state will chip in another $727,000, while the federal government will pay the rest of the $7.4 million price tag for the work. The project will put 500,000 cubic yard of sand on the beach. The county decided to move up the renourishment cycle for Carolina Beach, because the town is no longer eligible for federal funding.

Meanwhile leaders farther south on Pleasure Island were left without the outcome they were hoping for from commissioners. The town asked commissioners to use $1.747 million of room occupancy tax money to move up its normal three-year renourishment cycle currently scheduled for 2016 to this year at the suggestion of the Army Corps of Engineers. In the end, commissioners decided not to take any action after staff recommended not approving the request, because federal money is budgeted for the 2016 work, but may not be available for the next needed project.

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