Duck is one ahead step ahead of shoreline loss


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With losses of beach ranging from 50 to 90 feet in the past 15 years, the Town of Duck wants to know more about erosion as it maps out a plan for managing its shoreline.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners provided a start Monday by agreeing to help pay for an erosion study along six miles of beach.

One hotspot in Duck is threatening as any as 60 properties, Town Councilman Neil Morrison told the commissioners, and three houses have been moved back. Others have lost swimming pools.
The erosion rate, he said, has been up to 8 feet a year, mainly around Carolina Dunes.

"We’re concerned if this pattern continues, a significant portion of the structures in the area will be impacted,” he said.

Beach nourishment would be one option, but town officials will not know the next step until the $75,000 study is done. $56,250 will come from the Dare County Shoreline Management Fund, which is supplied by one percent of the occupancy tax. Duck will cover the remaining 25 percent.

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