Southern Shores seeks public input on beach nourishment

By on June 5, 2020

Deadline for submitting comments is June 12

(Town of Southern Shores)

(Southern Shores)

The Southern Shores Town Council is currently considering a beach nourishment project and would like to hear your thoughts about whether move forward with a beach nourishment project in 2022 prior to holding a Public Hearing on the matter on June 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pitts Center, located at 5377 N. Virginia Dare Trail.

The potential project may be funded through tax assessments which may include Municipal Service Districts and/or a Town-wide assessment that could potentially range from an additional $100 to around $3,000 to your tax bill depending on the value of your property, the location of your property, and its proximity to the ocean.

Beach nourishment information, including potential projects, can be found at Please submit your comments no later than June 12, 2020 to or mail them to Town of Southern Shores, 5375 N. Virginia Dare Trail., Southern Shores, NC 27949.

The June 16, 2020 Council Workshop meeting will be open to the public and available by zoom. The mass gathering restriction under EO141 does not apply to or limit the number of members of the public who may attend an in-person government board meeting and encompasses government officials, staff, and members of the public. A local government governing board can put public health measures in place for in-person board meetings.

In an effort to comply with social distancing guidelines for mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19, citizens who attend the June 16, 2020 meeting should keep a minimum distance of six (6) feet from others prior to, during, and following the meeting. Seating in the Pitts Center has been arranged in a manner that complies with this guideline and seating will be limited. The meeting recording will be posted on the Town website as soon as possible following the meeting.



  • Lou Briccant

    One suggestion is stop with this fake “beach nourishment” term… you’re just wasting money trying to temporarily stop the inevitable… the ocean is coming for what it wants and you can’t stop it forever…

    Friday, Jun 5 @ 5:35 pm
  • voidless1

    Range of $100.00 to $3000.00………Who would cosider to argue with that additinal tax bill. Bring on the sand for the O.F. rental machines.

    Friday, Jun 5 @ 8:54 pm
  • Jim

    Everyone benefits from beach nourishment, not just oceanfront property owners.

    Saturday, Jun 6 @ 10:03 am
  • Luminous

    SS, you just did this three years ago! Now you want to do it *again* in 2022?

    Up and down OBX, the interval between these “nourishment” projects keeps getting shorter, and the chance for the natural beach and nearshore to recover fades away. Hmm… I wonder if that shorter interval is trying to tell us something about the wisdom of doing this? Naaaah!

    Kitty Hawk and KDH are in favor of this project, because all that sand SS pays for would be headed their way in 2023 and 2024.

    Saturday, Jun 6 @ 1:21 pm
  • Grant Johnson

    We would like to voice our opinion about the beach nourishment proposed. We are fully against beach nourishment for the following reasons. It Is a needless, wasteful expense. We cannot stop mother nature and once started it will never stop. The felt obligation to continue forever as long as there is an “expert to stand up and site erosion evidence will be overwhelming.
    Our community is full of retired people that didn’t count on this type of a tax. Now for the next reason…the idea has been raised that we need the beaches for tourism and that is true. It is NOT true is that the beaches will disappear. The beaches will always be there, however the house that sitting on the beach may not. But that is a risk that those homeowners decided to take, is it not? We did not take that risk precisely because of that fact! However, now we are confronted with the idea of being forced to endure the cost of that risk without the benefit of the rewards of that risk, – enjoying living on the beach!
    That is fundamentally unfair for you to decide to retroactively make us pay for this risk after we decided not to engage in that risk when we purchased a home in Southern Shores!! Again we will always have beaches. It is a false narrative to suggest we will not have beaches we all count on.
    Furthermore the idea that other homeowners will benefit from beach nourishment or will be harmed without beach nourishment, is also completely untrue. Both statements are false. As said previously, the beach will always be there. And ironically but true, the beach width may actually be increased if if a row of houses was washed away as we see in Nagshead, therefore the width of the beaches is not an issue either. Non-beach owners will not be affected negatively or positively if a beach house is swept away in the next nor’easter.
    The council cannot force us to pay for a shopping mall (Tax credits/abatements are not cash outlays), and using tax dollars (our retirement savings) to pay for what Mother Nature and only Mother Nature can provide, should be viewed in the same light.

    Tuesday, Jun 9 @ 11:42 am
  • Sean Mulligan

    The vast majority of Oceanfront houses in SS could be moved at the owners expense.

    Tuesday, Jun 9 @ 4:44 pm