Governor McCrory awards grants to coastal cities to prepare for future

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 12:00 am

Governor McCrory has awarded $75,000 in grants to five coastal cities and towns to help them lower flood insurance costs and prepare for future growth. A $15,000 grant was awarded to Morehead to assess flood vulnerability and help lower residents’ flood insurance premiums, and a $15,000 grant was awarded to each of the towns of Edenton/Chowan County, Ocean Isle Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Shalotte to update their land use plans in order to prepare for future growth.

“These grants will help local leaders guide the development of their communities while balancing economic development and resource protection,” said Governor McCrory. “Partnerships between state and local governments are essential in ensuring that we have a healthy coast for years to come.”

The towns are able to use the grants for updating beach access plans, waterfront redevelopment, water and sewer planning, and several other types of projects. The state’s coastal management agency helps local governments in the 20 coastal counties fund local land-use planning and management projects. Grant recipients were selected based on criteria set by the state’s coastal commission.

For more information about how to apply for funding, go to https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/coastal-management/coastal-management-land-use-planning/grants.