By Outer Banks Voice on February 11, 2021
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 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.