Current Project History
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May 2017 - The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine has announced project construction will initially proceed to the north of the starting point as a booster pump is necessary to pump sand to the north end of the project area. Construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project's initial starting point and move south until the resource protection area is no longer in place and work will then resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed. 

The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

March 2017 - A public information meeting was held in Buxton in early March where the contractors and project engineers announced the construction schedule and held a question and answer question. 

Click here to view a video of the presentation and Q&A session
Click here to view a pdf of the Coastal Science and Engineering presentation
Click here to view a pdf of the Weeks Marine presentation

January 2017 - The Buxton Beach Nourishment Project may begin as early as May 2017 and the contract stipulates that construction must be completed by December 31, 2017. Additional information regarding the project timeline will be provided as it becomes available.

June 6, 2016 -  The Dare County Board of Commissioners voted to establish a service district for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project that includes parcels of land at the north end of Buxton located between Highway 12 and Old Lighthouse Road, and the four parcels north of Highway 12. This Service District went into effect with the new budget year on July 1, 2016 and the tax rate included in the 2017 Budget  is 25 cents per $100 of valuation.  This means that a property owner in the service district with a home assessed at $300,000 pays $750 in taxes. The tax rate is established each year by the Board of Commissioners as part of the annual budgeting process. Click here to view the service district map.

May 16, 2016 - The Dare County Board of Commissioners held their May 16 meeting at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to provide convenient access for citizens to participate in the public hearing for the proposed expanded service district for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project. Approximately 110 people attended the meeting and nine spoke at the public hearing.  

April 2016 - Dare County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a bid from the lowest responsible bidder, Weeks Marine Construction, for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project. The bid totaled $22.15 million as compared to the construction budget of 22.96 million. The bid did not provide an expected start date but does require the project to be completed by December 31, 2017.

February 2016 - The Dare County Board of Commissioners began the process of creating a service district for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project. A series of public hearings were scheduled and held throughout Spring 2016.

Overview - The project includes approximately 2.9 miles of beach and will initially widen the beach by approximately 250 feet. The northern project limit is at the "Haulover" north of Buxton and the southern limit is at the oceanfront groin near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The project cost is estimated at $25 million, with the majority of the funding coming from the Beach Nourishment Fund.  Weeks Marine was awarded the contract to construct the project.

Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills

For more detailed information about each project, please visit the Towns websites:

February 2017 - In mid- February, the contractor, project engineers and Town officials presented a series of public information meetings to residents, property owners, and businesses. If you were unable to attend the meetings, a video of each presentation and question and answer session are available below. 

Town of Duck Video
Town of Duck Presentation in .PDF format

Town of Kitty Hawk Video
Town of Kitty Hawk Presentation in .PDF format

Kill Devil Hills Video
Town of Kill Devil Hills Presentation in .PDF format 

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Presentation - Applicable to Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills projects

January 2017 - The contractor for the Towns Beach Nourishment Projects, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD), has provided an updated construction schedule. Please keep in mind that mobilization operations, including laying subline and assembling land based machinery, will begin approximately one month prior to construction to be ready once the dredge is on site.

The Liberty Island, the dredge currently proposed by the contractor to construct the Duck project, will mobilize for the Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project approximately one month before construction begins.  A second dredge, the larger Ellis Island, is scheduled to mobilize for the Town of Kitty Hawk Project in mid-June.  The Liberty Island will work jointly with the Ellis Island once it completes work in Duck.  

March 17, 2016 - At a special meeting held March 17, the Dare County Board of Commissioners accepted the bid from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for the beach nourishment project that encompasses the Town of Duck, Town of Kitty Hawk, and Town of Kill Devil Hills. The bid from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company totaled $38,596,850 and is approximately $4.9 million under budget.

March 8, 2016 - Four bids were opened on March 8, 2016  and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has been identified as the lowest responsible bidder. Their bid of $38,596,850 is approximately $4.9 million under budget. This is the second time that this project has been bid. The first round of bids were rejected because they exceeded budget by almost $5 million.

February 12, 2016 - Bids for the Duck, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk Beach Nourishment Project were received on February 9, 2016.  Bids were provided by three contractors and all three bids exceeded the funding available for the project.  In addition, proposed schedules included in the bids indicated that all three contractors anticipated commencing work on the majority of the project in the early spring of 2017.  Therefore, the Request for Bids on the Duck, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk Beach Nourishment Project will be re-issued in early March 2016 and due at the end of the month.  Once these bids are received and analyzed additional information will be provided.  There will not be a project on the Outer Banks in the summer of 2016.

Southern Shores

For detailed information about the project, please visit the Town of Southern Shores website.

March 9, 2017 – At the March 7, 2017 Southern Shores Town Council meeting, the Council gave authorization to move forward with the beach nourishment project. Assuming all necessary permits are issued to Southern Shores and Southern Shores becomes a party to the County’s construction contract with the dredging contractor; the Southern Shores project will occur either at the beginning or the end of the Kitty Hawk project  –  depending on which end of the Kitty Hawk project the contractor decides to commence. Current projected start date for the Kitty Hawk project is around mid-June. The Kitty Hawk project is estimated to take 30-45 days. Southern Shores would either be in the beginning or end of that project. It is anticipated that the Southern Shores beach nourishment project (total length (2,500 feet including 1,000 ft. taper-end area) is projected to take 7-10 days – depending on weather and normal equipment operations.

February 6, 2017 - Southern Shores Town Manager Peter Rascoe attended the Board of Commissioners meeting to review steps the Town has taken to implement a project to nourish 1,500 feet of beach in Southern Shores at the southern-most end of town. The concept of the project is that it would be an extension of the upcoming project in Kitty Hawk. Initial estimates for the work have indicated a range of $700,000 to $800,000 not including some associated fees. Once firm costs are known and it is clear that permits for the project can be obtained, the Southern Shores Town Council will decide whether to authorize the project. If the project meets requirements and moves forward, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved allocating up to 50% of the project costs from the Beach Nourishment Fund, not to exceed $500,000.  

Beach Nourishment Fund

A portion of the 6% Occupancy Tax collected by Dare County is set aside for the Beach Nourishment Fund. The occupancy tax is applied to gross receipts derived from rental of room, lodging, campsite, or similar accommodation furnished by any hotel, motel, inn, tourist camp including private residence and cottages rented to visitors. The Beach Nourishment Fund must be used for the placement of sand, from other sand sources, the planting of vegetation, and the building of structures that are in conformity with NC CAMA, such as sand fences and dunes, on beaches of the Atlantics Ocean of North Carolina for the purpose of widening the beach to benefit public recreational use and mitigating damage and erosion from storms to inland property.