Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund Established.
On Thursday August 31, the House adopted a conference report (previously adopted by the Senate) that establishes a Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund (Fund). See Section 6 of House Bill 56. The bill is on its way to the Governor to sign.
NCBIWA is pleased with the establishment of the Fund, however, the upcoming challenge will be to get the Fund financially supported. Identifying potential revenue sources for the Fund as well as cost share options will certainly be challenging but with the adoption of the 2016 Beach, Inlet and Management Plan (BIMP) we believe there are several available options and sources we can examine.
NCBIWA will continue to work with the general assembly as well as state agencies and local governments to come up with ideas and options for funding.
We want to thank our coastal legislators for all their hard work in getting this bill passed as well as the local towns and counties who fought hard for the establishment of the Fund.
NCBIWA is also working with the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) advocating for coastal infrastructure funding in Congress. We hope Congress will realize the importance of financially supporting natural coastal infrastructure (beaches, dunes and wetlands) as well as efforts to improve coastal resiliency.
We want to thank you for your support as we continue to fight for the NC coast!
NCBIWA Chairman James R. Leutze and Derek Brockbank, Executive Director of American Shore & Beach Preservation Association post editorial in Star News aimed at the 2016 presidential candidates and where they stand on how each would invest in natural coastal infrastructure that protects coastal communities from hurricanes, storms and sea level rise.
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NCBIWA supports the Town of Emerald Isle and the public's right to access NC beaches.