Kitty Hawk shoreline project seeks your votes

By on January 31, 2020

Moore Shore Road, before. (Town of Kitty Hawk)
First in Flight Access Route Living Shoreline Project on Moore Shore Road. (Town of Kiity Hawk)
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It may be the only time in this 2020 election season that you can vote more than once (legally). And the Town of Kitty Hawk is asking for your help to push one of its projects across the finish line in pursuit of the NC Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Mobi Award.

The Mobi Awards recognize projects that showcase the important and transformational role that investments in multimodal transportation play in creating vibrant communities in all parts of North Carolina. Kitty Hawk’s entry is its Moore Shore Road living shoreline project that was completed this past July.

According to information provided by the town, the project consists of 520 linear feet of offshore sill with native marsh grasses planted behind the sill. The purpose of the living shoreline is to protect Moore Shore Road while also creating a natural habitat for marine life and vegetation. The project also features two osprey poles to further support wildlife.

The project was constructed and funded ($210,000) in conjunction with the Town of Kitty Hawk, NC Coastal Federation, NC Department of Transportation, Dare County Soil and Water, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Engineering and Surveying and private landowners.

The Town had over 100 volunteers plant the native marsh grasses in June and July of 2019. And Better Beaches OBX and the Coastal Federation aided in organizing the volunteers for the planting of the marsh grasses.

Now here’s the voting rules. You can vote by opening this link. Individuals are allowed to vote once a day for up to three entries per day, but they can return every day to again vote for up to three entries. The last day of voting is Feb. 21.

Folks looking to spread their votes around might want to give some love to the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry, which is a among a large number of candidates. While we all know that early polling numbers can be notoriously misleading, it is safe to say that Kitty Hawk’s entry is attracting support — as are a number of other projects


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