"Blogging the Bog of Outer Banks Politics"
Nags Head beach replenishment sand will inexorably migrate south to further add to the sand accretion on the southern point of Bodie Island which is one cause of the shoaling of the Oregon Inlet channel. The Town of Nags Head plan will pump 4.6 million cubic yards of sand from offshore to 10 miles of town beaches at an initial cost of $36 million financed by Dare County Occupancy taxes (including a recently approved one cent increase) and town revenue bonds also backed by future county occupancy tax receipts and additional special assessment taxes on town property owners. This is insane. Our tax dollars are going to purchase sand that our tax dollars will then have to pay to dredge from the inlet... SNH property owner.
What is insane is that the Dare County Commissioners and the State of North Carolina have been dependant upon the Federal Government to pay for the dredging of Oregon Inlet for the past thirty years without coming up with a B Plan. Now that the Federal funds are diminishing everyone is operating in a crisis mode. Poor long term planning and everuyone's part.
It is pretty obvious that a terminal groin on the northern side of the inlet would solve the problem. It is up to the house in NC to pass the terminal groin bill which has already been passed in the NC Senate. This could save the taxpayers in North Carolina and Dare County millions over the next 30 years.
This whole thing just makes me crazy! Purdue is going to add a second dredge to pick the sand up and drop it right back into the same spot. The correct way to fix both problems, inlet and NagsHead is to TELL the park service that that IS NOT THEIR SAND and pump it out of the inlet to nags head. Problems solved.Second problem, build a jetty to further KEEP the sand north. Let the Inlet open up to ORIGINAL size, that would free the strong currents and sound side flooding.
its amazing how much money people will spend out of another pocket to fill their pocket with money...NH owners to keep their million dollar properties and the fisherman to keep making the $400 or so million a year.
I say use a larger portion of the monies collected from licenses and fines to help keep our waterways navigable.
I wish Ed would forward his comments to the "Coastland Times" and/or "The Sentinel." Finally, someone points out the craziness of pumping sand on to any of the beaches that will then migrate south to then fill in Oregon Inlet. What's wrong with this picture?
What's wrong with the picture is that at least three of our County and NH Town Commissioners have oceanfront property interests.
The cold irony here - maybe instead of spending $150k on hot shot raleigh advertising agency to promote Outer Banks Catch they should have donated that $ to dredge inlet. Irony - spending a fortune of $ out of area to promote LOCAL seafood which cannot be caught here because our boats cannot make it thru the inlet.
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