NC - Southern Shores public hearing March 16 on property tax districts to pay for beach nourishment
The Southern Shores Town Council will hold a public hearing on March 16, 2021 to give residents and property owners an opportunity to express their opinions on a financing plan to pay for a beach nourishment project in the spring or summer of 2022.
The Town performed the first beach nourishment project at the southern end of Town in 2017. Following that project, the Town’s coastal engineering consultant conducted a study in 2018 which was updated in 2020.
The results recommended construction of a town-wide beach fill project designed to maintain a reasonable level of storm protection, mitigate long term erosion, and continue to provide residents and visitors with a healthy useable beach to enjoy for recreation.
The beach fill project plan places 878,300 cubic yards of sand along the entire town oceanfront which is approximately 3.7 miles. The proposed project includes advance fill to maintain the integrity of the project design over a 5-year renourishment interval.
All properties in Southern Shores benefit from a well-maintained beach. Due to the revenue that tourism generates, each Dare County resident enjoys tax relief of $3,147 annually.
We depend on the beach to keep our economy strong.
During the 2018/2019 fiscal year, Southern Shores received $1,001,880 in occupancy tax which amounts to approximately 6.5 cents in tax savings. All properties in Southern Shores will contribute a portion of their tax dollars toward the cost of financing the nourishment project.