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NC - Public meeting addresses Avon beach nourishment

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, Dare County held an online public meeting about beach nourishment for Avon.

The meeting was divided into three sections with county manager Robert L. Outten in charge.

First, Outten presented the history of beach nourishment in Dare County. That project history establishes specific characteristics for the Avon project. Next, Outten answered questions posed by the 276 emails received. Finally, the citizens who signed up to speak or waved hands made comments and asked questions. Those that signed up or waved numbered 41, with 10 not responding when names were called.

Outten spoke from a podium set up in the commissioners meeting room in Manteo. All Dare County commissioners were present.

Beach Nourishment History in Dare

Nags Head took the beach nourishment lead in the late 1980s, early 1990s to seek a federal plan to nourish its beaches. At that time, financing for federal project was 70% federal, 20% state and 10% local.

For Nags Head, the federal share for the town’s project never came through. No state money was available.

In 2011, Dare and Nags Head negotiated a 50%-50% cost split, with 50% coming from the beach nourishment fund created by occupancy tax revenue and 50% from the town. Nags Head created a town-wide service district to pay for beach nourishment.

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