March 17, 2016
a special meeting this morning, 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.
Dare Commissioners accept beach nourishment bid for towns
By IRENE NOLAN
The award is contingent on approval from the Local Government Commission.
The bid from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company totaled $38,596,850 and is approximately $4.9 million under budget.
The towns intend to pay for the nourishment projects with a combination
of money from the county's beach nourishment fund and increases in
taxes from property owners. The county fund gets its money from a 2
percent occupancy tax on all lodging.
Work is scheduled to begin in April 2017. As plans progress, the Town
of Duck, Town of Kitty Hawk and Town of Kill Devil Hills will provide
information about plans for construction.
The bid from Great Lakes came in the second round of bidding on the
projects. In the first round last month, all of the bids were
over the estimated cost of the projects, and they were put out for
The towns had hoped to have the projects done this summer. However,
dredges are apparently in great demand this summer, so the project will
have to be postponed for a year. Dredging in the dynamic waters off the
Outer Banks is too dangerous and costly to be done in the stormy fall
and winter months.
Dare County has one more nourishment project in the works -- in north
Buxton -- and still says it hopes to get that one done this summer.
However, the Buxton project, to nourish 2.9 miles of beach from
approximately the Canadian Hole to the old site of the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse to protect Highway 12, needs one more permit.
Last week, the county received the all-important special use permit
from the National Park Service, which owns the beaches to be nourished.
The county's planning contractor for the Buxton project told the
commissioners at a meeting last month that after the Park Service
issued its special use permit, the final permit can be issued by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The county's timeline for the Buxton project is ambitious -- with a
final permitting in early April or so, projects put out for bid in late
April, and bids approved and work starting by late May or June.
The commissioners have also set a public hearing for 10 a.m. on Monday,
April 4, on its proposal to establish a tax service district that would
include the 34 oceanfront property owners who would benefit from the
nourishment project. Those property owners would be expected to
pay increased taxes to help fund the beach restoration.