Southern Shores appears to raise concerns about beach nourishment project

By on November 25, 2022

On Nov. 22, the Town of Duck announced that its beach nourishment project, initially slated to start this month, had been postponed till March 2023. The contractor, Weeks Marine, cited a number of reasons ranging from equipment issues and weather delays to a commitment to another time-sensitive job.

In the wake of that announcement, the neighboring Town of Southern Shores released a Nov. 25 statement that appears to raise some concerns about the beach nourishment work that has been done there.

Here is the statement from Southern Shores.

“Earlier this week Weeks Marine announced that they were leaving the Dare County project and would be coming back in March to finish the portion in the Town of Duck.

“Based on a visual inspection it is difficult to determine if the project design goal has been achieved.

“Town Staff has discussed these concerns with Coastal Planning and Engineering. We expect to receive surveys early next week to verify that our beach has received the nourishment it should have.

“Once we receive this information, we will be in a much better position to share with you all the status of our project.”

According to the beach nourishment data on the Dare County website, Upcoming Projects | Dare County, NC (, the Southern Shores beach nourishment project, which began on Oct. 7, is in progress and is estimated to take about two months.

SEE ALSO: Duck beach nourishment delayed till March



  • Dan

    Much of the sand they just pumped is already gone. Such a waste of tax payer money. Also, Duck has denied street and beach access for the nourishment construction equipment. Duck will not let them use any of their streets or beach accesses. They will have to stage out of Southern Shores. Southern Shores should not let them do this. Could the voice please do a story on this, or just confirm and get a comment from the Town of Duck.

    Saturday, Nov 26 @ 7:55 am
  • Jim

    This might be the other “time sensitive job” that Weeks Marine is working on –

    Saturday, Nov 26 @ 8:18 am
  • Kit

    What’s with Duck-folks? They want beach nourishment but deny the contractor access to the beach?! Why should Southern Shores bear the brunt? Seems like an awfully selfish bunch, to me… glad I don’t live in Duck!

    Saturday, Nov 26 @ 11:21 am
  • Ray

    It is not that “duck won’t let them access the beach “ Dan ! Duck does not own any property that accesses the beach , they would need someone that owns such land to give it willingly , purchase it , or imminent domain it , none of which is a good solution .
    Whining about the replenishers for Duck , using your access , is asinine , but typical of the times , and I for 1 hope Dan whines so much , that Southern Shores denies Duck access , so a duck doesn’t waste its money on this fool hearty attempt , as our wave action is so extreme , Beach replenishment is not a viable solution , keeping building back off the dunes 100 meters or so and or some artificial offshore reefs probably would , has in other high wave action areas !

    Saturday, Nov 26 @ 1:51 pm
  • Bill

    They keep drawing lines in the sand and Mother Ocean keeps erasing them. Someday she will get fed up and wipe the whole slate clean. Stop trying to stabilize a Migrating Barrier Island. Stop building close to the Ocean. It’s time to start retreating and stop doing the same stupid things over and over.

    Sunday, Nov 27 @ 9:52 am
  • Jorge Diaz

    I understand the value of a healthy beach, however, in layman’s terms, my fear is we are one storm away from losing the beach nourishment. Seems like weather changes are impossible risk management challenges, while I respect our town governments choices made in our bests interests, I fear the worst.

    Sunday, Nov 27 @ 12:44 pm
  • Beach Barb

    Maybe they should have to provide public beach access in order to use PUBLIC tax dollars for Beach Nourishment…. None of the other towns have any access issues for equipment etc.

    Monday, Nov 28 @ 11:48 am
  • disgruntled

    Perhaps a permanent pipe line to pump the sand from the inlet back north to the beaches where it came from would make sense? We could keep the wild and wooly Outer Banks just as it is forever.

    Monday, Nov 28 @ 8:15 pm
  • WindyBill

    Hopefully by the time Duck figures out how to get access to its beach for nourishing, the feds will ban all federal funding, including funded but not yet issued, for beach nourishment for beaches without true public access every mile or closer. Have a Nice Beach Day!

    Wednesday, Nov 30 @ 5:22 pm