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NC - Kitty Hawk agrees to proposal for post-Dorian beach survey and analysis

Kitty Hawk town council members met on Monday, Jan. 6. Their agenda included an agreement with APTIM regarding a post-hurricane beach profile survey and a discussion of the newly planned library for Southern Shores.

Before moving into the action items, Mayor Gary Perry removed agenda item 8A, which dealt with scheduling a public hearing for the flood damage prevention ordinance. His reasoning for this removal was that upon review, the ordinance seemed “very complex, somewhat intrusive and also expensive for property owners.”

Perry said he did not want to rush things: “We need to slow this down, give the planning board some to do what they need to do and give us good advice,” he said. Perry also added item 9C, regarding plans for a new Albemarle Regional Library branch in neighboring Southern Shores.

During the presentations that followed, Ken Willson with APTIM Coastal Planning and Engineering came forth results from the second annual beach monitoring and nourishment project in Kitty Hawk. The project included surveys and analysis that documented the volumetric change in sand coverage along the beaches that extended from approximately 120 feet north of the pier at Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk to the area between E. Sibbern Dr. and E. Arch St.

After comparing results from December 2017 (post-construction survey) to May 2019 (two year monitoring survey), the data showed that the Kitty Hawk area lost approximately 840,000 cubic yards of sand.

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