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Beach nourishment talks develop, no long-term solution yet

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© Long term beach nourishment funding remains a top concern for beach town mayors since federal and state funds have dissipated. © Long term beach nourishment funding remains a top concern for beach town mayors since federal and state funds have dissipated.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Long-term beach nourishment funding remains a top concern for beach town mayors since federal and state funds have dissipated. Beach town leaders reconvened for a long-term nourishment funding meeting Wednesday.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo suggested Wednesday pulling money from multiple revenue sources to pay for the nourishment process.

Previous talks alluded to singling out the room-occupancy tax for funds. Saffo explained that small portions of the money could come from slight increases in sales taxes, hotel room occupancy taxes and food and beverage taxes. 

Saffo stated that this would prevent any one group, such as hotel owners, from shouldering the load. The beach town leaders seemed to concur.

"That seems like it's the best idea," explained Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth. "Saffo's pretty good about crunching the numbers and I think what he's come up with is a workable plan."

The group also met earlier this month to start the discussion, but today the group agreed that continuing to hold meetings wasn't going to solve the problem. The collection of leaders agreed to reach out to state legislators regarding the problem.

A follow-up meeting has not been planned yet.

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