Beach Towns Seeking Assistance For Beach Restoration After Storm

The Federal cost-share for the Carolina Beach project will be $4.27 million with the State funding $2.30 million for a total cost of $6.57 million. The Federal cost-share for the Kure Beach project will be $7.95 million with the State funding $4.28 million for a total of $12.23 million.

PLEASURE ISLAND, N.C. - Hurricane Florence eroded the beach front in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. A project was already scheduled in the spring of 2019 to pump sand onto the beach front.

Now Town officials are requesting the Army Corp of Engineers consider that erosion an emergency and that funding be secured to help mitigate the impacts of Florence.

Hurricane Florence brought strong surf conditions to New Hanover County beaches. In many areas dunes suffered heavy erosion leaving twelve to fifteen foot high escarpments or cliffs.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a budget amendment  on Monday May 21st, to fund  beach renourishment projects in 2019 at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Every three years the two Towns receive an infusion of sand to help fight erosion.

According to Jim Iannucci, County Engineer, the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACES) has requested the non-federal cost share of $6,580,000 for the fiscal year 2019 Carolina Beach (CB) and Kure Beach (KB) Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (CSDR) maintenance events. This payment was originally anticipated for the fiscal year 2019 budget, however, the USACE has requested the funds be paid by June 4, 2018 to allow for early bidding to obtain more favorable pricing. The cost sharing of these projects is 65 percent federal and 35 percent non-Federal. Activities performed by the USACE include completing project design, awarding a construction contract, and administering the contract through completion for the upcoming nourishment cycle for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Read full article.