Dare communities get nearly $9M in storm grants

By on October 27, 2020


(NC Department of Environmental Quality)

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) is awarding a total of nearly $9 million dollars to six Dare County communities for projects related to the damage caused by Hurricane Florence, which struck in September 2018. The awards from the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund will fund beach nourishment, dune restoration, and other projects to remediate storm damage.

The following project proposals were approved for funding:
  • Dare County Buxton Maintenance/Storm Damage Repair – $1,557,606.74
  • Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project – $1,450,921.35
  • Town of Kill Devil Hills Shore Protection Project – $1,450,921.35
  • Town of Kitty Hawk Shore Protection Project – $1,408,247.19
  • Town of Nags Head 10-Mile Beach Nourishment – $1,408,247.19
  • Town of Southern Shores Beach Management Project – $1,408,247.19
 In addition to the Dare County municipalities and communities, these locations also received funding.
  • Town of Oak Island Re-nourishment Project Phase I & II – $1,344,235.96
  • Surf City Post Florence Emergency Berm Restoration Supplemental – $1,365,573.03
  • Town of Holden Beach Sand Fence Installation – $106,000

The Division of Water Resources’ Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund is funded by Session Law 2019-224 which allocated $11.5 million for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and dune systems of the state, according to General Statute 143-215.73M. The amount shall not exceed $2.5 million for each unit of local government and no cost-share will be required.

Applications were scored on six criteria, including environmental benefits, social benefits, economic benefits, life of the project, financial resources and project efficiency.



  • Lou Briccant

    The companies owning the dredges are licking their chops at all that wasted money heading their way… may as well just toss it all directly into the surf.

    Tuesday, Oct 27 @ 4:10 pm
  • Donny King


    Wednesday, Oct 28 @ 12:59 pm