Irene Wipes Out 25 Percent Of Beach Nourishment Project Sand

An Outer Banks beach lost one-quarter of sand brought in as part of a multi-million dollar beach nourishment project after Hurricane Irene.

The Virginian Pilot reports the sand loss has fanned the flames for critics of the $36 million program. Others argue that losing a quarter of the sand means the nourishment program worked as planned.

Officials say rough surf has prevented them from getting a good look at how the sand really fared after Irene.


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  • by uh Location: ENC on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    I heard a lot of job creators live out there.. we'd better throw money at it!!!
  • by Do Your Research Location: NC on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:46 PM
    The project is being funded by a 1% increase in occupancy tax and property taxes in Nags Head. So it's being funded by the people that visit Nags Head and the people that own property there. Nags Head makes it's money from visitors that come to the beach. No beach = no visitors = no revenue. The project will provide more than the investment in continued revenue.
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      by 36 million on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to Do Your Research
      What percentage of the project is being funded in this manner? Where are the facts available (from a semi-reputable source) for all to see on the Internet.
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        by Do Your Research on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to 36 million
        Financing information for the project can be found on the town of Nags Head website under the beach nourishment section. Not sure if this link will work for you, but I'll give it a try... http://www.townofnagshead.net/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={64611E13-E31A-45DA-9323-04C0BD7F132F}
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        by Do Your Research on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to 36 million
        Second try posting this reply. I think the first one didn't go through because I supplied a URL. Go to the Town of Nags Head website and go to the beach nourishment section. There is a section on financing for the project that includes the details that I supplied.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    Seems like it would be easier to just throw the money in the ocean, than spend it to haul in more sand to be washed out with the next storm.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    If the folks in NC have enough money to keep paying to replace the sandboxes of wealthy home owners and tourists, there should be no problem in raising the state income tax to pay for education. Seems to me NC leaders have had it wrong for a long time and it doesn't seem to matter which political group is running things. Welfare for the wealthy and well-to-do is also not in the constitution.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    If the folks in NC have enough money to keep paying to replace the sandboxes of wealthy home owners and tourists, there should be no problem in raising the state income tax to pay for education. Seems to me NC leaders have had it wrong for a long time and it doesn't seem to matter which political group is running things. Welfare for the wealthy and well-to-do is also not in the constitution.
  • by mad on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    I agree with everyone on this one. The people who can afford to build in the sand, should have to pay for the sand. I really get mad knowing they are going to rebuild Hwy12, --again. Take my word for it, it will be washed away ----- again in the near future ---and again it will be rebuilt----at the tax payers expense. You build in the sand (which is always shifting) you buy the sand.
  • by what a waste Location: gville on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    We lost about 9m in sand. Do you know how many jobs that would of saved? For what, for people to be able to build homes on sticks and have the tax payers bail them out whenever a storm attacked? I say built at your own risk, don't expect the state/local gov/federals to help pay for damage that was done to build these homes.
  • by chris Location: mhc on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    I can't speak for who pays taxes on this particular project, but more times than not these evolutions have matching Federal funds in the form of grants or low interest loans. Either way they tie up capitol just to have it washed away.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    There are large groups that scream about certain groups of people that want their food stamps, medicaid, section 8, utilities deferments etc. The "super wealthy" are most certainly NOT any better. They WANT their sand!! I so agree with what y'all are saying. Movable islands. Money for education etc. I am really holding back a wide rhelm of feelings and emotions about the rebuild of route 12. Gotta watch the Blood pressure and such.LOL
  • by Lisa Location: Choco on Sep 8, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    I agree. We can't pay the most important people to our children (teachers), but we have money to throw away to the ocean. These are moveable islands. We shouldn't be living there anyway. Why are we spending millions on something that just gets washed away anyway? I have no pity for people who can afford to live where they aren't supposed to live and I hate that my tax dollars are spent to support lifestyles that I, myself, cannot afford. Let the people who choose to risk living there pay for it. Not the rest of us.
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      by Not your taxes Lisa!! on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:06 AM in reply to Lisa
      I agree it's a waste of money. However, it's the folks that live on the island that pays for it!! Other counties do NOT pay into the fund that pays for this wasted boondogle of a project!! But, your taxes WILL pay for the planned jetties that the folks in Raleigh recently passed, to protect houses built where they were told beforehand would wash away!! It used to be that cattages were built so that they could be moved. These are shifting sands and it IS a watse to continue to spends millions to pump sand on the beach. I think people should just take their chances, and if the ocean encroaches on their cottage it should be torn down or moved, and allow the next one in line to take their chances. Moter Nature is going to do what she will do, and to spend money trying to right a wrong of man is STUPID!! Insuring those places will probably stop in the not to distant future, as it should. The person building in hurricane alley should be responsible for their stuff and not expect any help from other parts of the state or insurance companies for that matter. It was done that way for hundreds of yrs!!!!
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        by 250 on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:33 AM in reply to Not your taxes Lisa!!
        DO you seriously believe that when the state funding is short a few thousand they are not going to "rob" the funds from somewhere else. They are already most likely looking at funds recieved by the "gas tax'. Guess what! It won't be long and route 12 will be designated as a toll road for non residents. STAND BY!
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          by toll road on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to 250
          Not a bad idea to help pay to replace it after every storm.
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      by Boxer on Sep 8, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to Lisa
      The foolish man builds his house upon the sand!!! Yet the taxpayers have to pay to keep the sand there. I say let them ALL slip into the ocean. Next time you want your own waterfront property dig a hole on solid land and leave mother nature alone to do what she does.
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