It's time the Town of Nags Head "threw in the towel" on its beach nourishment plan. The $36 million project has struggled and worried the citizens of that town and this county long enough. Beach nourishment should be put to a watery grave; and no pun is intended here.
First, the old, long forgotten reasons not to do the project were tossed aside by the town's officials and the shoreline commission. They are:
(1) beach nourishment will not be successful on the Outer Banks' high energy beaches.
(2) beach nourishment will totally destroy what natural beach we have left and a natural beach is what attracts our visitors.
(3) the ecology of our beach and its swash zone, and shoreline creatures and aquatic life will be harmed beyond repair.
(4) the vast majority of residents are opposed to being taxed to pay for protecting private oceanfront properties in the form of beach nourishment.
And, if the above wasn't sufficient reason to have never pushed the project in the faces of the public so many times, we can add that:
(1) Most citizens have never had sufficient faith in the project or the engineer/company hired to plan it.
(2) Funding has already been voted down on two occasions
(3) The Town of Nags Head has not convinced, even a majority of oceanfront property owners that the current plan is doable, from either a financial or engineering standpoint.
(4) The town is still $184 million short of property valuations, and time has essentially run out on them, despite the fact they still won't admit it.
(5) the public is going to be very unhappy if, by hook or crook, meaning padding the figures with town owned and/or state owned property they come up with the totals at the last minute.
(6) a project cannot be gotten underway in time to accomplish the task in 2011.
We could go on, but the fact is, the people of Dare County are sick and tired of hearing about beach nourishment. Let's bury it.