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NHC staff recommends funding Carolina Beach nourishment project

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© New Hanover County staffers are recommending the county match federal funds for a one-time Carolina Beach nourishment project. © New Hanover County staffers are recommending the county match federal funds for a one-time Carolina Beach nourishment project.

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The town of Carolina Beach received some good news Tuesday regarding beach nourishment. New Hanover County staffers are recommending the county match federal funds for a one-time Carolina Beach nourishment project.

The Carolina Beach Town Council called an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss the availability of federal funds for beach nourishment. The council originally found out about the available funds in April. The federal funding would come as long as New Hanover County provides a partial funding match, explained Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox. Wilcox said he spoke with New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet about the funding recommendation Tuesday morning.

"We still need the county commissioners' approval, but we like the fact that the county staff is supporting the request," Wilcox said.

Wilcox said that $4.8 million would be coming from the federal level with an additional $1.8 million coming from room occupancy tax sand funds, and $727,000 coming from state funding. In total, the project would cost close to $7.4 million. No Carolina Beach contributions would be necessary for this project according to Wilcox.

"These are state and county and local beaches, not just ours, so it's important we work on this as a partnership and that we keep the ball moving," elaborated the Carolina Beach mayor.

Wilcox said funding for Carolina Beach's 50 year federally financed nourishment project is stopping this year. He said it is uncertain when the town may receive those federal nourishment dollars again.

"We don't want to give back any federal funding that's available.  That's for sure," stated Wilcox.

The mayor said the New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners will discuss the nourishment project at their meeting on May 5. If approved, the nourishment project will begin in the fall of 2014.

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