Nags Head Commissioner Renee Cahoon has told the town council that the three windmills on the new Jennettes Pier are causing noise problems that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. She says the turbines on the windmills are supposed to shut down once the wind reaches a certain speed, and its not happening.
Cahoon said the windmills are quiet on normal days, but at wind speeds in excess of 30 or 40 mph the turbines are noisy and "start sounding like helicopters". Cahoon, who has a business located adjacent to the pier, says the town can expect complaints from cottage renters near the pier if something isn't done about it before next summer. "I don't want to wait until people start asking for refunds of $10,000 per week," she said.
Cahoon said that what was explained to the board at earlier meetings about the quietness of the windmills is not what is occurring today. The town council agreed to have the windmill installers come to a future meeting and discuss the matter.