If you’ve always loved vacationing on Holden Beach, North Carolina, you’ll be happy to know there’s going to be much more beachfront to enjoy soon! Fox Wilmington news recently reported on the project slated to cost $15 million and said it is the most extensive beach replenishment project in the town’s history.
Town Manager David Hewitt explained the need for the replenishment project by saying, “It’s about storm protection, wildlife habitat and just more beach to have fun.”
Half of the money needed will come from increased property taxes on Holden Beach, the rest from an occupancy tax and FEMA relief bond. For a family in a $500,000 home, it will mean an additional $350 a year on their tax bill.
“We view this type of project as infrastructure,” Hewitt explained. “Just like a road, water, or sewer lines for a beach community, a nourishment project is infrastructure.”
Cathy Moffitt’s family has been vacationing in Holden Beach for four generations. “We love it here. It’s our escape,” Moffitt said. “But you can’t help but notice the ocean is creeping closer than it used to be.”
The replenishment project will widen Holden Beach by about 80 feet over a four and a half mile stretch. That’s 1.3 million cubic yards of sand.
“In terms of being able to provide storm damage protection, that’s always a proactive measure,” Hewitt said. “But just like beaches, worldwide, the town of Holden Beach is not immune to erosion and the threat of storms.”
The replenishment project is slated to kick off November 15 and run through April. Town leaders hope it has a life cycle that runs through 2032.
If you’re staying in one of our Alan Holden Vacation Rentals know that the renourishment project won’t affect your vacation plans at all. The beaches will still be open and we’ll be doing business as usual.