The state Division of Coastal Management is holding online a public meeting at 10 a.m. July 23 about an application to fund Currituck Banks Reserve Boardwalk repairs.
Under the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the division is seeking public comment on its application for funding through the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Grant Program for the 2020-21 grant cycle, provided by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. A project summary can be found online.
Currituck Banks Reserve is one of 10 sites in the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, protected for research, education and compatible recreation.
Members of the public may join the meeting by telephone or online. To join the meeting by phone, dial 415-655-0003, Access code: 161 705 8680 or join by WebEx, event Password is 1234. To speak during the meeting, register by 4 p.m. July 22 using this link.
The Currituck Banks Reserve is one of 10 sites in the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, protected for research, education and compatible recreation.
The boardwalk at the Currituck Banks Reserve was built in 2002. The proposed project is to replace the aging decking boards, seat boards on current benches, railings, and side guards of the existing boardwalk. The structural components of the boardwalk such as joists and pilings will be replaced as needed depending on condition. All work will take place within the current footprint of the existing boardwalk.
Comments can be submitted to the Coastal Resources Commission on this project for a minimum of 60 days before final funding decisions.
Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 13 by email to DCMcomments@ncdenr.gov with “Currituck Banks Reserve Boardwalk” in the subject line, or by mail to Division of Coastal Management Attn: Braxton Davis, 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Fifteen local governments and the Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve within the 20 coastal counties submitted preapplications totaling over $2.2 million in grant requests. Approximately $1 million in grant funding is available.