First of all, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving day!
Yesterday, I called Bobby Outten (he is both the Dare County Executive and the Dare County Attorney), and he willingly and openly spoke with me regarding the nourishment project. In summary, here's what he said:
I know this is not the best news, but it may be the best given current realities that we are facing. If beach nourishment ends up being completed by mid-May, maybe we can live with that.
The Town announced yesterday that the beach nourishment schedule in Duck has been delayed again, and nourishment is now projected to happen sometime between March and mid-May of 2023.
Here's a link to the Town's announcement: https://www.townofduck.com/beach-nourishment-project/beach-nourishment-schedule-update-november-22/
I find this announcement unfortunate and unsettling, and I am not sure how solid the new dates are. The beach nourishment project contract is between Weeks Marine and Dare County. The contract is not with the Town of Duck, but the Town was obviously part of the contract negotiations.
I thought the nourishment contract had a 12/31/2022 deadline in it, and presumably the contract also had a penalty clause in it for non-compliance with that deadline, but I don't know that for sure.
I have a call into the Dare County executive offices to get more information, and I will share that with you when they respond.
I wish I had better news on this, but I don't.
I've received several questions about how the meeting/zoom call went on Thursday and what follow up steps there may be.
I attended the meeting via zoom. It appeared to me that there were 20 or more owners who attended in person and another 20 or so more who attended via zoom. The meeting lasted about 2.5 hours. Vesta presented material (slides and verbal comments) and responded to many questions. Everyone participating could hear the on-site questions and responses. The zoom questions were raised via zoom-chat. Many of these questions were responded to via chat, but you had to be on zoom to read the responses. I'm not sure that all of the chat questions were answered.
Overall, there were many questions and concerns expressed. Some owners appeared to be supportive of the Vesta project. A larger number of owners appeared to have concerns and appeared to oppose it.
One fundamental follow-up question raised was - what's the decision-making process and timeline? I think this was partially answered in the meeting, but I don't think it was entirely answered. Here's what I know about that question based upon talking with CAMA:
Then, if you wish to communicate (in support of or opposed to) with the 3 government agencies, here's how to do that:
An environmental research organization named Project Vesta is proposing a project in Duck in 2023. As best I know, here's a description of their organization and proposed project:
While Vesta has met with the Town, they are now reaching out to Duck property owners to describe their project and address any property owner questions/concerns. They hope property owners will agree with and support their project.
If you have questions or concerns about this research project, you can attend an informational meeting in person at Keller Hall on Nov 17th at 5:30 PM or you can sign up for Zoom attendance by emailing KNickens@TownOfDuck.com or you can email your questions/concerns directly to Vesta at email@example.com
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