Kill Devil Hills gets state grants for beach access improvements

By on December 9, 2017

The painting at the access is by Barbara Noel. (Sue Goodrich)

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management recently awarded grants to help pay for improvements at local public beach and water accesses.

Kill Devil Hills is getting $83,000 to build an observation deck and walkway with stairs at the Ferris Avenue beach access, and elevate a gazebo and install a connector ramp and walkway with stairs at the Glenmere Avenue access, which is home to The Little Red Mailbox of Hope.

According to an email from state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, other local grant awards include $80,000 to Pasquotank County to renovate the boardwalk trail and kayak launch behind College of the Albemarle and Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City.

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Plymouth received $144,800 to install a pier, a kayak launch, parking areas, a walkway, lighting, signage and other amenities at a site on the Conaby Creek.

And Windsor was awarded $102,773 to install a boardwalk with fishing pier extensions on the Cashie River.

The Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program provides matching funds to local governments in the 20 coastal counties.

Governments that receive grants must match them by contributing at least 25 percent toward the project’s cost.

Funding for the grant program comes from the North Carolina General Assembly through the state’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

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