NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Representatives from the beach towns in New Hanover County met Tuesday morning to discuss beach nourishment, something they consider an urgent topic.
The beach town leaders say that limited federal and state funding has put a strain on the nourishment process as of late. They agreed that a this has become an urgent issue.
According to a presentation from Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox, possible funding could come from increased taxes. Possible hikes discussed at the meeting include the Room Occupancy tax, Food and Beverage tax, or Sales tax.
According to Wilcox the nourishment cycle for the three beach towns costs a combined $20 million every three years.
Tuesday marked the first meeting in the town leaders' search for a long-term funding solution to the nourishment dilemma.
Wilcox said he is not confident a permanent solution will be found, but he is optimistic.
The group plans to collect data and reconvene on April 30.
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