SUNSET BEACH — The Coast Guard is seeking public comments on the proposed construction of a wooden bridge across an unnamed tributary here.
A company called Sunset Beach West LLC has filed an application to build the private bridge to access a planned oceanfront housing development in an area that was once an inlet. The plan calls for a 21-lot subdivision with a bulkhead and amenities at the west end of Main Street, adjacent to Salt Boiler Creek on what was formerly Mad Inlet. The inlet filled in by natural processes during the 1990s.
The planned subdivision would be subject to regulation under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act of 1982, or CBRA, which restricts federal expenditures that encourage development, such as coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program.
The proposed bridge would be about a half-mile west of the intersection of West Main Street and Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Beach. It would have a vertical clearance of six feet above mean high water with horizontal clearance of 14 feet between pilings.
The applicant seeks a waiver of a bridge permit under a provision for advance approval for bridges. The Coast Guard, under this provision, has given advance approval for bridges over waterways that are navigable only by small boats.
Interested parties may express their views in writing on the proposed bridge construction, giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reasons for support of or opposition to the project. Address comments by Feb. 8 to:
Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004