The Town, in partnership with the other municipalities on Bogue Banks and Carteret County, has implemented a sophisticated beach monitoring program and beach management plan for many years, and is currently planning the next beach nourishment project. Based on detailed annual survey data, the beach in eastern Emerald Isle is in greatest need of nourishment, and the Town hopes to complete this work in winter 2018-19 or winter 2019-20.
Preliminary project plans include an approximately 2.5 mile stretch of beach between the Indian Beach town line and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, with the placement of up to 500,000 cubic yards of sand in this area. The total estimated cost of this project is $9 - $10 million, and the Town will be seeking 50% of this cost from the State's new Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund in the coming months. The remaining project costs are expected to be funded by room occupancy tax and special district property taxes already held in reserve by the Town and the County.
The Town remains firmly committed to beach nourishment and environmentally-friendly inlet management strategies, and recognizes that the beach is the Town's #1 asset and, ultimately, the reason we are all here! The Town's long-term plans are carefully designed to track ever-changing conditions, enable the Town to nourish the beach when needed, where needed, and as needed in the future, and to accumulate sufficient reserve funds to avoid the need to issue new debt for future projects.