Nags Head proceeds with $14M beach project

By on February 11, 2021

(Town of Nags Head)

(Town of Nags Head)

At their Feb. 3 meeting, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners agreed to proceed with a Hurricane Dorian beach restoration plan that will place approximately 567,000 cubic yards of sand on 4.45 miles of Nags Head’s beach in the southern part of town — from about Jennette’s Pier near Mile Post 16 south to the corporate limits abutting Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The estimated $13,952,137 project cost will be funded by a FEMA/North Carolina disaster assistance grant of $12,063,269; a North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation grant of $1,408,247; and a contribution of approximately $480,480 from the Nags Head beach nourishment capital reserve.

The project, currently planned for the summer of 2022, is engineered to provide enough healthy, protective beach to allow the Town to align its regularly scheduled beach nourishment maintenance with those of the other northern beaches, tentatively planned for 2027.

The commissioners also agreed to start the process of creating four additional Municipal Service Taxing Districts related to beach nourishment. A Municipal Service District (MSD) is a defined area within a town where additional property tax is levied to provide projects or extra services that benefit the properties in that district.

“Prior to 2011’s initial beach nourishment project, the Town established two oceanside municipal service districts to generate revenue for the project,” said Mayor Ben Cahoon. “In addition, the overall town-wide tax rate was increased so that all property owners in Nags Head, all of whom benefit from a healthy beach, played their part in protecting our town’s future. However, the Board feels the town would benefit from a more sustainable and proportional funding plan. The supplementary revenue from the new tax formula will build up the Town’s beach nourishment fund balance to support future projects and provide more stability for future tax rates.”

 The current MSDs are:
  • All properties east of NC 12/South Virginia Dare Trail from Bonnett St. south to Gulfstream Street
  • All properties east of NC 1243/South Old Oregon Inlet Road from Gulfstream Street south to Nags Head’s southern town limits.
The proposed additional MSDs are:
  • All properties east of US 158/S. Croatan Highway from Bonnett St. south to Gulfstream Street
  • All properties south of Gulfstream Street to Nags Head’s southern town limits
  • All properties east of US 158/S. Croatan Highway from Eighth Street south to Bonnett St.
  • All properties east of NC 12/South Virginia Dare Trail from Eighth Street south to Bonnett St.

The Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners has not yet discussed tax rates. At this time, additional MSDs are being put into place to give the Town more flexibility for future beach nourishment activities.





  • voidless1

    ” the overall town-wide tax rate was increased so that all property owners in Nags Head, all of whom benefit from a healthy beach”…….. What?
    If All benefit, why is anyone in the town excluded?? There you go folks, the main reason why pumping sand was so highly contested in the first place. Typical bait and switch. Now you get to hear why you should just suck it up for the greater good and be a team player. Meanwhile O.F. owners salivate over assisted asset protection for their rental machines on your dime. Does the solution ,always have to be more tax for locals, given the number of tourist coming here now, cant anyone come up w/ a better solution for the local people? ( N.H. board?)

    Thursday, Feb 11 @ 3:09 pm
  • Hugh

    So the Federal Government, that is everyone of us who does not live on the beach in Nags Head, is going to pay for the folks who built their houses, or bought houses, on the beach to be saved temporarily from the inevitability of the beach eroding back to their homes, much as is happening further south on the outer banks.

    Thursday, Feb 11 @ 3:38 pm
  • Thinking About the Future

    As I suggested under the homeless article in re people who are homeless “living in area woods” – why not create Dare County’s own civilian corps and employ some of these human beings and give them part of that $14 million “beach project” money to save the beach front from its inevitable migration south and west?

    Thursday, Feb 11 @ 7:42 pm
  • Travis

    It takes about 10 seconds of research to find plentiful examples of localities raising “tourist taxes” (those on rentals, restaurants, hotels and such) to help pay for convention centers, stadiums and other ventures. Indianapolis gaffed visitors to help pay for their new stadium for the Colts and that benefited Colts fans who presumably mostly live in Indianapolis. Vegas did the same for the Raiders’ new stadium. New York just does it 24/7/365.
    Point is there’s this unfounded fear that suddenly people will stop coming here if tourist taxes get jacked up a bit. Clearly other places have found that is not the case and have used those taxes to ease the burden on their locals. Given that visitors come here to enjoy the otherwise free beach (they don’t even pay for parking, if they can find a spot!), I don’t have any qualms about asking them to shoulder more of the burden to preserve the beaches in municipalities where there is free and public access. Looking at you, Southern Shores and Duck.

    Friday, Feb 12 @ 10:04 am
  • Enough

    Why even discuss new MSDs. It’s because the Nags Head commissioners are tired of hearing complaints. Well here’s my complaint, FIX THE STORMWATER in SOUTH NAGS HEAD just like you did in other areas. (Those roads were maintained by NCDOT; but you were able to fix them.)

    Was the Westside taxed for the new sidewalk… any new assessments? Where did that money come from? I don’t use it, never will…

    Now you want a select group to pay additional tax for sand that’s supposed to benefit us all. No….taking care of stormwater would benefit everyone in South Nags Head and all locals and tourists using that road.

    If we need more sand for healthy beaches, use Travis’s suggestions.

    Sunday, Feb 14 @ 3:47 pm