How Is Beach Nourishment Paid For?

With an initial price tag of $38.6 million, nourishing the beaches of northern Dare County is expensive. To pay for it, the county and towns have devised an intra-local agreement that offsets the cost to any one entity. Funding Formula Although beach nourishment projects can qualify for federal funds, there …

Beach Nourishment Environmental & Cost Concerns

As it has gained popularity as a means of stabilizing shorelines and protecting infrastructure, concerns have been raised about beach nourishment. Two areas in particular are often cited as possible disadvantages of a nourishment project: environmental damage, and ongoing cost and commitment. Environmental Concerns Although a beach may appear to …

Outer Banks Airports from WWII

It’s been noted a number of times that the Outer Banks was ground zero for the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. German wolf packs, preying on shipping off the coast, took a horrific toll on allied shipping, and the United States was initially slow to respond. Once the response …

Alternatives to Beach Nourishment

For thousands of years, humans have been trying to protect our shorelines from an encroaching sea – from the massive dikes of the Netherlands, to jetties, terminal groins and seawalls. The most recent addition to mitigating the power of the ocean, beach nourishment, has been shown to be an effective …

Outer Banks Beach Nourishment

For more information on 2017 beach nourishment areas and timelines, visit our Beach Nourishment Info Page. On a beautiful summer’s day on the Outer Banks it’s hard to imagine the forces at work that shape the coastal shoreline. Waves seem like gentle riffles, larger perhaps than a wave on a lake …

Old Christmas on the Outer Banks

Even though the Tri-Villages of Hatteras Island, Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo are the first towns on the road to Hatteras, in many ways they have been the most isolated over the years. They have certainly experienced change and modernization, but there is one tradition that the villages have carried over …

Outer Banks Oyster Season

Good news for oyster lovers—after years languishing near death, the North Carolina oyster is back. Sometimes salty, sometimes slightly sweet and almost buttery, the range of flavors is as varied as the places from which they are harvested. The oysters are almost all farm raised now; at one time North …

Outer Banks Thanksgiving Meals

The family is gathered, there’s kids and maybe some grandkids, perhaps even an uncle or brother or sister. A gathering of the clan is very much a part of holiday traditions. And it’s wonderful, because the truth is, family is what makes holiday memories. Of course, that comes with a …