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Offshore Oil Drilling: Where KDH Stands

At its recent meeting, the KDH Board of Commissioners reaffirmed its opposition to offshore oil drilling in North Carolina, with a letter to Governor Roy Cooper outlining the importance of maintaining the pristine coastline and coastal areas that are enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.  

For more information, we invite you to read the letter and supporting information


BEACH NOURISHMENT: The sand has finished pumping . . . What now?

Ken Willson, part of the engineering team overseeing the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project, is a contributing author to an article: 

"Beach nourishment profile equilibration: What to expect after sand is placed on a beach."  

The article states, in part, that "The objective of this paper is to explain the process of profile equilibration in a non-technical way to inform coastal communities and increase public understanding of how beach nourishment works.” 

Why is some of the recently pumped sand disappearing?  


Once a beach nourishment project has been completed, the beach profile will adjust over time.  This adjustment process is called “profile equilibration” and typically occurs within 12 months following sand placement, depending on various conditions.  

Is the sand supposed to be doing this?

This article states “…profile equilibration…dramatically decreases the width of dry beach from the very wide beach observed immediately after nourishment.  This decrease in beach width (profile equilibration) is often misunderstood by some of the public as the failure of the beach nourishment project because they perceive “all the sand washed away.”  

So mother nature completes the second step in the beach nourishment process!


"... Beach nourishment projects are designed to take advantage of the natural process by including a volume of sand intended to be transported offshore."

Special thanks to Mr. Willson and the other contributing authors of this article: Gordon Thomson, Tiffany Rosters Briggs, Nicole Elko, and Jon Miller.

Better understand beach nourishment: we invite you to read the article:

"Beach nourishment profile equilibration: What to expect after sand is placed on a beach."  

Notice to All KDH residents: an Opportunity to Serve

          The Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners is seeking interested persons to serve on various boards and committees within the Town government, including the following:

  • Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBOA)
  • Planning Board
  • Community Appearance Commission

            Applications may be obtained from the Administration Department, located at 102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road, by calling 449-5300, by mail/email, or through the following link: Boards & Committees Information [Select General Application for Boards and Committees Appointment Consideration]
            Committee descriptions are also available on the website.
            The Board of Commissioners will be considering filling a vacancy on the ZBOA at its meeting on August 14, 2017. Persons interested in planning and/or zoning issues should submit their application to the attention of the Town Clerk by Friday, August 4, 2017.

June 29, 2017 
2017/2018 Fiscal Year Operating Budget for the Town of Kill Devil Hills was adopted by the Board of Commissioners during regular meeting. 



You can click here to see the Adopted Budget.   
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