Councilman Jim Conners felt entering into a partnership with Duck for a beach nourishment RFQ was premature. Danielle Puleo photo

NC - Southern Shores partners with Duck for beach nourishment RFQ

The Southern Shores town council met March 4 to discuss with their Interim Town Manager the possibility of partnering with Duck on a request for qualifications for professional services to assist in possible beach nourishment projects.

Interim Town Manager Wes Haskett told the council that he, along with the managers of Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, had been approached by the town manager of Duck. Duck will soon be released an RFQ for future beach nourishment and related shore line management projects, to which the towns were invited to be included in.

The goal of the RFQ is to “obtain a consultant to assist the town in providing engineering services for permitting, design, planning maintenance and financing,” Haskett explained. He added that partnering with Duck in this RFQ would be a step in ensuring that the projects are eligible for FEMA reimbursements, but does not commit the town to a beach nourishment project or any costs.

Haskett said that partnering with Duck would save time in the long run if the decision was to move forward with beach nourishment. “If you all decide you don’t want to do a project this year, then at some point we’re going to have to do one anyway,” Haskett said.

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