Rain and The Great Outer Banks Escarpment

Into every life a little rain must fall, but this has been ridiculous. Since this last system moved in on Saturday evening, rainfall has come in around 10”. That’s a lot. For the most part the Outer Banks actually handles a heavy rain like that pretty well. The ground is porous—these are giant sandbars—so the … Continue reading Rain and The Great Outer Banks Escarpment

Outer Banks Beach Nourishment Project Gains National Recognition

Intra-Local Effort Recognized for Multiple Community Benefits What does a couple of years of planning and $38.5 million earn? When it comes to beach nourishment, recognition as one of the best projects in the nation. The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) which is a trade organization for companies engaged in nourishment, recognized the Intra-local … Continue reading Outer Banks Beach Nourishment Project Gains National Recognition

Springtime in February on the Outer Banks

A Great Day to Be on the Beach A day like we had today is a rare Outer Banks treat in February. Warm temperatures, a breeze from the southwest and the waves were breaking beautifully this morning. Of course, the water temperature is still 45-50 degrees, so no one was in the water in shorts, … Continue reading Springtime in February on the Outer Banks

TS Irma? Maybe but Rain and Wind on OBX Tuesday

Will the latest system off the South Carolina coast become Tropical Storm Irma? Does it really matter? The answers are, in the order asked: Maybe, although it’s looking a bit doubtful. And…no not really. Will It Get a Name? Naming a tropical system means the storm has met certain criteria that the National Weather Service … Continue reading TS Irma? Maybe but Rain and Wind on OBX Tuesday

Beach Nourishment Begins in Duck

The first 200’ of the Dare County Intra-Local Beach Nourishment project has been competed in Duck. Crews been working last week and made good progress in spite of some thunderstorms that rolled through the area. The schedule is pretty aggressive so crews are working seven days a week. A Construction Zone Beach nourishment calls for an … Continue reading Beach Nourishment Begins in Duck

Southern Shores Approves Beach Nourishment

Town Council Agrees It’s Needed After months of debate and hesitation, beach nourishment is coming to the town of Southern Shores. After Hurricane Matthew devastated the shoreline in front of Pelican Watch, just north of Kitty Hawk Pier, residents asked the town council if it would be possible to piggyback on the Kitty Hawk portion … Continue reading Southern Shores Approves Beach Nourishment

Meetings Highlight Outer Banks Beach Nourishment

With beach nourishment scheduled to begin in May in the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills–and maybe Southern Shores, the contractor for the project, Coastal Engineering held a series of informational meetings Wednesday and Thursday. Traveling with Coastal Engineering was a representative from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the company that will be … Continue reading Meetings Highlight Outer Banks Beach Nourishment

Southern Shores and Beach Nourishment

Is Southern Shores moving toward nourishment for its beaches? The Town Council has not taken a vote yet, but if public sentiment is any indication, about a half mile of beach on the southern end of the town where it borders on Kitty Hawk will be nourished. That is the sentiment that seemed to emerge … Continue reading Southern Shores and Beach Nourishment

OBX Beach Nourishment a Go for 2017

Beach nourishment is back on track and will begin in the spring of 2017. Originally scheduled to begin for the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills in April of this year, initial bids were $4 million over estimates and were rejected. A number of officials expressed the view that the dredging companies … Continue reading OBX Beach Nourishment a Go for 2017

OBX Nourishment Delayed

Delayed but still on the horizon, beach nourishment will be a part of the Outer Banks future. Participants in an Intralocal Agreement between Dare County and the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills had hoped to begin nourishing local beaches this summer. However, when the bids were opened, they were about 20% … Continue reading OBX Nourishment Delayed