Jones, Hagan, Burr urge meeting on permits for Buxton beach

By on April 13, 2014


Sandbags on the beach at Buxton. (U.S. Geological Survey)

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Kay Hagan have asked U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to meet with Dare County officials about the county’s proposed beach widening project for the Buxton area.

A statement from Jones’ office described the Hatteras Island project as necessary to protect and maintain N.C. 12, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

While Dare County has secured funding to move forward with the project, a meeting with the Department of the Interior is aimed at beginning the permitting and engineering process.

In a letter to Jewell, the congressional delegation asked for a meeting to be scheduled as soon as possible.

“Dare County is ready to move forward with this project,” Jones said in the statement.  “They have a viable plan to protect the infrastructure in Buxton, and they have the funding to pay for it.  All they need is a commitment that they will get a fair shake during the permitting process.

“I am grateful to Senators Burr and Hagan for joining me in this effort, and I am hopeful that Secretary Jewell and her staff will see how important this is to the safety and economic future of Buxton and Hatteras Island.”

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