Video: A look at Kill Devil Hills beach a year after nourishment

By on July 5, 2018

About 2.5 miles of beach were widened in Kill Devil Hills last summer as part of a $35 million project that also included Duck, Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk.

Kill Devil Hills produced this video to show how the profile of the beach has changed and how sand fencing and planting sea oats can help stablize the new dune system.

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  • Otis

    We had a Hurricane in 2017? I must have been asleep!

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 9:40 am
  • Luminous

    The assumption they’re selling that is incorrect is that the sand stays put where it gets pulled out near-offshore by storms, right in front of the beaches in KDH where it was added. That isn’t what happens. Sand from beach nourishment projects on our island that is pulled out to sea will gradually migrate south with prevailing current and eventually clog Oregon Inlet, requiring expensive dredging to keep the shipping channel clear, and making any arguable benefit to KDH temporary. Evidence for that is seen on the beaches in north Nags Head, not nourished recently, and currently wider than they’ve been in years thanks to the taxpayers of KDH. It’s a temporary situation. Eventually that sand will be pulled out again and migrate south as well.

    I’m always suspicious about the credibility of updates when every bit of information presented is positive, as in this video. No project this big is perfect. It will always fail to meet expectations in some ways. When they’re not talking about any problems, check your pockets to make sure your wallet is still there, because it’s marketing, not objective information. I hope at least that KDH officials are pressing the companies for more complete information. And the people who monitor over time should be a different company with no tie to the firms who are paid to nourish, fence, or vegetate the beach, or there’s no accountability.

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 2:26 pm
  • What?

    It hasn’t been a year. That all got finished about 8 months ago. And most of the sand is gone. But nice try to keep the scam going. Locals know it’s a waste of our money.

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 3:39 pm
  • avonsurfer

    Luminous~ what is the solution than? do nothing and lose tens of millions in real estate and tourist revenue? Will it last very doubtful , but what alternative do we have? Yes its an extremely expensive ongoing process with no end in site. However, doing nothing is total devastation to these fragile towns that bring in hundreds of millions in tourist dollars and the multiplier effect as an economist like myself understand. Easy to criticize just like fake news does every night

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 6:03 pm
  • Bob Reisse

    Less Beach to Enjoy

    “More beach to Love” is a joke. Last year before all this “Beach Replenishment” we had a nice relatively flat beach that extended at east 200 feet from the rear of our cottage; now it is more like 50 feet or less. The beach is not flat, we have to walk out of a hole in the sand at the rear of the cottage and our rear steps are hard to navigate again with another hole that has be climbed out of to get to the beach. I consider that they are unsafe, particularly if an emergency arose that required their use. The first time I used the steps after the beach push I fell flat on my face.

    The paper work which was required of us to let this travesty proceed promised that the equipment would not come within 10 (ten) feet of our dwelling. This limitation must have been part of the agreement as a second request was made to allow for the equipment to come closer then 10 feet, which we rejected as we believed to would create problems with our enjoyment of the property. Then without notice the contractors went ahead and moved sand well within the 10 foot limit and created these problems around our cottage. I think it is completely unconscionable to ask people to agree to something which they believe to not be in their best interest and then proceed with out consulting them or explaining before hand what was going to happen and work with those effected to insure that what occurred would not create problems.

    About a year ago I started to pace off the distance from the rear of the cottage to the high tide line. At that time we had over 200 feet to the high tide line and a relatively flat beach to get to the ocean. This year the same distance is of the order of 50 feet or less. This year I added measuring to the low time line, the most recent numbers for that distance are around 100 feet about half the before replenishment distance to the high tide line. Se where is this “More beach to Love?” It is harder to navigate with more relatively steep slopes to navigate, less reasonably flat places to set up, and less beach altogether with sand fences and other obstacles. So again I ask where is this “More Beach to Love?” For us it is “Less Beach to Enjoy”

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 9:09 pm
  • sandkicker

    It is a scam; property owners being taxed to pay to support other property owners. That could be easier to accept if the taxes were evenly distributed; but when those east of the bypass are required to pay FOUR TIMES what those west of the bypass pay, it is even more of a scam. That became obvious when the town leaders openly admitted that they used no formula to determine the breakdown… they just “felt” that it should be 4-to-1…!

    Friday, Jul 6 @ 10:45 am
  • DQ

    Once you start pumping you can’t stop, beaches in NJ and NY are pumped systematically, granted the those folks pay outrageous property tax. Seems like a system could be developed to move sand out of Oregon inlet and onto the beaches. Decision makers inland in NC usually seem to do the opposite of what makes sense as far as what’s best for our coast. (Building jetties on the south side of south migrating inlets?)

    Friday, Jul 6 @ 7:27 pm
  • Seal

    Terminal Groins every half to three quarters of a mile, running fifty to seventy five yards straight out ! Its not going to be that pristine view, but you’ll have a beach that stays put, and Oregon Inlet would benefit from not filling in from all that pumped up temporary sand that heads south !!!

    Saturday, Jul 7 @ 6:44 pm
  • Bud

    Cannot enjoy the beach in summer regardless of its size. The place is too oversaturated to have a good experience.

    Monday, Jul 9 @ 5:50 am