Dare County reveals beach nourishment bids

By on September 11, 2021

(Dare County)

2017 Kitty Hawk Beach Nourishment (File photo: Dare County)

On Sept. 8, Dare County posted this update on the status of the beach nourishment projects slated to begin in four county municipalities next spring.

At the Dare County Board of Commissioners Sept. 7 meeting, it voted unanimously to adopt an initial resolution authorizing the negotiation of an installment financing contract for the beach nourishment projects that are planned to take place in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

The initial resolution states, among other items, that the projects are essential to the county, that there is no property tax increase necessary to finance the projects and that the financed amount will not exceed $13 million.

The initial resolution also authorizes Dare County Manager Bobby Outten and Dare County Finance Director David Clawson to proceed with the contract.

On Sept. 2, Dare County received bids for the beach nourishment projects, which are currently scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022. Coastal Protection Engineering of North Carolina’s estimate for the construction portion of the project is $35.6 million.

Dare County has received bids for the projects from the following companies:

  • Great Lakes Dredge and Dock – $34,599,625
  • Manson Construction – $45,945,050
  • Weeks Marine – $27,932,500

The Dare County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to approve the final debt resolution and award the bids at its next meeting, which will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20.





  • Susie

    Those are huge differences in bids assuming that we are using the same sand, same expectations, same everything. Only the bid contract can tell you.

    Saturday, Sep 11 @ 6:52 pm
  • Bruce Nolte

    What about the Nags Head project?

    Sunday, Sep 12 @ 7:39 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Bruce, here is a July update from the Town of Nags Head website.

    A beach restoration project will take place sometime between late spring and early fall of 2022 on Nags Head’s beach from 8031 South Old Oregon Inlet Road (Comfort Inn South) near Mile Post 16 south to Nags Head’s 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 Town of Nags Head’s beach nourishment capital reserve.

    Sunday, Sep 12 @ 9:32 am
  • lippy

    Wow, those bids are wildly different sums of money. Great Lakes is headquartered in Houston, Manson is located in Washington State and good old low bidder is Weeks Marine located next door in Virginia. Looks like a no brainer.

    Sunday, Sep 12 @ 8:48 am
  • Gassy Lassy

    What a waste of money… all those millions to pump sand that’ll be washed back to sea in the next hurricane.

    Sunday, Sep 12 @ 11:47 am
  • Susan

    So Hatteras island must pay in higher taxes? What? Are we the red headed step child?

    Sunday, Sep 12 @ 8:08 pm
  • Russell Blackwood

    We humans have a very short memory span.

    In 2017 to 2018, offshore sand was pumped on the Buxton beach area.
    3 back to back storms erased it in 3 weeks.
    The ocean waters were very murky for quite a while due to the underwater mud pits created from the sand removal offshore.
    Shorebreak invertebrates that were destroyed took a long time to recover.
    Surfers did enjoy one very small novelty sand pointbreak for 1 month at the start of the pumping process.
    Anger over matters one has NO control over is both physically and mentally exhausting……….

    Sunday, Sep 12 @ 10:12 pm
  • Surf123

    Nice bit of welfare for the oceanfront property owners. We have major worker shortages due to lack of affordable housing and the county is going to blow at least $27 million to protect the houses of the rich, nearly all of which are not county residents.

    No matter how much these owners contribute it will have minimal if any effect on their bottom line.

    Well Done!!

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 8:03 am
  • Seal

    Why is it everyone in the county has to pay MILLIONS of dollars every year so that those who have rental properties will have a beach ? John Doe off the beach doesnt get the return dollars that the realtors and restaurants do !!!!
    And then every storm washes it down to clog Oregon Inlet and then its Millions again to pump it out !!!
    Its time for Groins to be built no matter what they look like !!!

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 8:26 am
  • Susie

    Based on the picture in the article when we expand the beach through beach nourishment, we actually are expanding the land the homeowner owns in front of their house. Isn’t it they own to the high tide line? If that is the case oceanfront homeowners should be paying most of this bill-as they are the ones making the money on it. I have always believed the beach is open to anyone, but we spend a lot of time limiting beach access to people. Then limit who pays for the bill with nourishment.

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 10:01 am
  • Dave

    It continues to amaze me that some local OBX residents don’t get that tourists pay most of Dare Counties bills. Dare County local government and schools are funded by property taxes, and the incremental part of the sales / rentals tax. Look at your property tax rate per $thousand and compare it to the rest of rural NC, Dare is one of the LOWEST rates. Oh, and no beach means no tourists and as such higher property taxes, and fewer jobs.

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 1:53 pm
  • Tom Alexander

    The sand this season in Duck seemed more coarse than ever before. Last few years we were in Corolla and didn’t noticed it as much. Have always stayed further up 12 since 85′, except for once or twice in KDHills. Is that b/c a coarser sand has been brought in, or has the beaches just eroded that much, enough to finally notice?

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 1:54 pm
  • Local Mike

    No beach, no tourists. No tourists, no way to live here. If you don’t want to maintain the island in a way that maintains a great place to live – move.

    Tuesday, Sep 14 @ 9:53 am
  • Scott Dawson

    For Hatteras Island its not about rich ocean front properties. Its about the only road washing away, which effects everyone.

    Also, the beach is still bigger than it was before Buxton got its first nourishment in 42 years. Septic tanks were in the wash and there was no dune from tower circle to north buxton. Now there is a beach, a small one but better than before so the claims it all washes away after one storm are not true. It has been 3 years and its still not as bad as before the project. I think people forget how bad it got in Buxton before the project. Also no one paid for it but the town of Buxton and only those on the ocean side of the road of old lighthouse and the 3 motels so about 60 people total paid for it with jacked up occupancies taxes so eveyone can quit whinning about the cost, you didnt pay a dime of it.

    Wednesday, Sep 15 @ 9:59 pm
  • Rick

    We need hard structures where the sand bars are. That will slow the wave action down before it pounds on the beach. If we do it right we can produce world class surfing waves and safer swimming area’s. We would be dumb not to try it.

    Saturday, Sep 18 @ 10:20 am
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