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NC - Island Free Press: Public hearing set for Monday on Avon beach nourishment tax districts

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on June 7, 2021, to consider the proposed county service districts related to the Avon Beach Nourishment Project.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on June 7, 2021, to consider the proposed county service districts related to the Avon Beach Nourishment Project.

In recent years, N.C. Highway 12 in Avon is often closed from ocean overwash, sometimes for extended periods of time, creating severe disruptions to the life, health, safety, and welfare of the residents and visitors on Hatteras Island. In addition, homes and infrastructure on the oceanside of Highway 12 are often flooded, damaged, and at risk of destruction.

As a result, and in order to minimize future road closures in Avon, the Dare County Board of Commissioners enlisted Coastal Science and Engineering to perform a study in 2020 to determine the feasibility of a beach nourishment project in Avon. The study found the project to be feasible, and the county began the process to design and permit the project.

The project cost is an estimated $12,684,358, which equates to $12.68 per cubic yard of sand. The project will be funded from a combination of funds from the Dare County Beach Nourishment Fund, and from revenues generated by two county service districts: Service District A will include all properties in Avon on the oceanside of Highway 12, from Due East Road to Avon’s northern border. Service District B will include all properties in Avon.

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