|A $25 million beach nourishment project planned by Dare |
County includes placement of sand east of Hwy 12 in Buxton, NC
A resolution signed by the Dare Board of Commissioners this week asking Governor Pat McCrory to seek federal assistance with Hwy 12 in Buxton isn't likely to get results even if the governor acts upon it. However, you can't blame them for trying.
Most likely, the feds will take the position that they aren't in the business of doing preventive maintenance on state highways. Currently, there has been no washout down there and no federal declaration of any disaster, no matter now disastrous the situation may seem others here in the county.
However, there is one important thing that the resolution did accomplish. The wording of the document finally makes it clear to the residents of Hatteras Island what everyone else was willing to accept in the first place. Beach nourishment in the village of Buxton is not just to (1) protect Hwy 12, it will also, (and equally important) serve (2) to protect the island's tourism economy from which everyone living down there benefits and relies upon.
Now, there is nothing left for the county board to do, but to acknowledge what is common sense logic by everyone following this story, and vote as a majority to set up a tax service district to help pay for their planned nourishment project. The commissioners have no other choice, for they have locked themselves in to this decision by (1) not funding other nourishment projects by 100%, and by (2) their verbal justification to help save Hwy 12.
An average tax increase of seven cents per $100 was deemed not too much to pay for the residents of the county's northern beaches, and the residents of Hatteras Island, who boast that they contribute as much as 25% of the county's tourism economy, should not be treated any differently.
Now, let the Buxton project bids go out, and then pray they don't come in as high as the ones opened this week from contractors who were vying for the Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Duck projects. Now, those projects have been put on hold for another year.