In a state budget signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on July 14, funding was included for a study assessing economic, public safety and storm mitigation benefits of beach re-nourishment
The report is due by Nov. 1. Readily available data from the state’s 20 coastal counties will be used by the Division of Coastal Management, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Commerce to complete the study.
Political leaders said the measure will demonstrate to the General Assembly that beach re-nourishment is important for the overall economy for the state. Proponents of the study hope that it will sway property owners outside of coastal areas to push their legislators to support beach re-nourishment funding.
The push for the study comes from fears that federal money for beach re-nourishment will disappear in coming years, forcing coastal communities to turn to the state for steady funding.