US Army Corps of Engineers

Beach Nourishment Completed In Kure Beach

KURE BEACH, North Carolina - Beach renourishment in Kure Beach was completed April 29th. The project began earlier this year to pump sand on the beach front in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Crews working for Weeks Marine, Incorporated completed the $21-million project. The Carolina Beach portion was completed earlier this year.

The portion was required to be completed by April 28th, prior to the April 30th deadline to avoid interfering with the federal protected sea turtle nesting season.

Hurricane Florence eroded the beach front in both Towns. In many areas dunes suffered heavy erosion leaving twelve to fifteen foot high escarpments or cliffs. The project was already scheduled for the Spring of 2019. Following Florence, additional funding was provided to address the increased erosion.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District announced that the periodic nourishment contract was awarded on Nov. 30, 2018, at a cost of approximately $17.4-million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. That amount later increased to $21 million dollars due to increased funding following Hurricane Florence.

Project Manager Jim Medlock explained, "The Corps was fortunate to receive additional emergency funding to cover these repairs at 100 percent federal cost," and, "This allows us to place more sand on the shoreline while reducing the amount of non-Federal funding required to accomplish the overall contract scope."

During the March 18th,  Kure Beach Town Council meeting Medlock explained, "The estimated Kure Beach contract cost is about $12 million.

The estimated non-federal cost is $3 million just for the Kure Beach portion of the project. One of the reasons why the estimated non-federal cost is so low is because after Hurricane Florence, the federal government was able to get additional funds to place more sand for Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (CSDR) on Kure Beach and also Carolina Beach from the storm which has lowered the non-federal requirement for this project."

The project cost is shared with the Federal Government paying 65% and the State of North Carolina and local governments splitting the remaining 35%. A tax on hotel, motel, and vacation rental accommodations funds the local government portion of the project cost. Both Towns are on a three-year renourishment cycle.

On Tuesday April 30th, Medlock explained, "Placement of approximately 700,000 cubic yards of sand to reduce coastal storm damage risk along portions of the Kure Beach shoreline is now complete. I do not have a specific timetable, the contractor will be removing pipe and equipment from the shoreline as quickly as possible but no later than May 15, 2019."

See Island Gazette article . . .