Dare beach nourishment projects move forward for 2022

Published 11:13 am Sunday, January 9, 2022

At the start of the New Year, Dare County commissioners moved ahead with this summer’s beach nourishment projects.

The northern beach towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills will see about 2,467,500 cubic yards of sand pumped on the beach from an existing Outer Continental Shelf borrow site opposite Kill Devil Hills.

Duck will receive 425,000 cubic yards along 1.6 miles of shoreline; Southern Shores, 894,500 cubic yards along 3.8 miles; Kitty Hawk, 643,000 cubic yards, along 3.97 miles; and Kill Devil Hills, 505,000 cubic yards along 2.74 miles, according to the construction contract with Weeks Marine approved by Dare commissioners on Jan. 3, 2022.

The total contract price, submitted by Weeks Marine is $29,247,000. Dare County acts as owner for the project.

The project must be substantially completed by Dec. 31, 2022.

The other 2022 beach nourishment project takes place in two Hatteras Island villages.

In Avon, the project calls for one million cubic yards of sand to be pumped onto about 2.5 miles of shoreline. For the Buxton project, 1.2 million cubic yards of sand will be placed on the 2.9 miles of oceanfront originally nourished in February 2018. The project includes a portion of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Buxton developed oceanfront.

On Dec. 6, 2021, Dare commissioners awarded the Avon-Buxton project to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. in the amount of $25,870,000.

On Jan.3, 2022, the commissioners took unanimous action to set financing in place for the Avon-Buxton project.

The commissioners:

– adopted a capital project ordinance for the Avon/Buxton project totaling $29,557,050;

– passed a reimbursement resolution of the Series 2022A limited obligation bonds that will finance the project;

– authorized negotiating an amendment to an installment financing contract to be privately placed in the amount of $28.5 million;

– told finance director Dave Clawson to retain the finance team of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein as bond counsel, DEC & Associates as financial advisor, The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company as trustee, and Piper Sandler & Co. as placement agent;

– set a public hearing for Jan. 18, 2022 about the execution and delivery of the contract amendment.

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