National Park Service officials were on hand Wednesday to oversee commencement of a contractor’s work to raze two houses that erosion had long left precariously perched on the public beach.
Beach & Inlet Management
Details emerged last week on a pilot program in which the Cape Hatteras National Seashore purchased two threatened oceanfront houses in Rodanthe, but challenges remain.
The Corps of Engineers is committed to conducting the required feasibility study of a sand project along the highly erosion-prone Rodanthe beach on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore if funded, Rep. Greg Murphy has told Dare County officials.
Town commissioners said Monday they want more information, including professional architectural, engineering, environmental and other assessments, before deciding on the conditional rezoning request for The Point.
Topsail Beach commissioners Wednesday set a public hearing for September and agreed to hold a workshop to discuss possible conditions for approval of the rezoning request Raleigh software entrepreneur Todd Olson submitted last October and that the planning board voted down in May.
The Army Corps of Engineers will exercise a federal Coastal Barrier Resources Act emergency exception and take sand for Wrightsville Beach nourishment from the Masonboro Inlet/Banks Channel borrow source instead of an offshore borrow site.
For the first time in more than a decade, the National Park Service hopes to unclog two channels that passenger ferries and private boaters use to access Cape Lookout National Seashore, and place the material that is dredged onto the soundside beach in front of the lighthouse compound.
The request to rezone “The Point” from conservation to conditional use would allow Raleigh tech CEO Todd Olson to pursue plans to build a family compound.
Officials at the first public meeting of an interagency work group said that while prevention could be far less costly than cleanup, limited programs or funding options are available to deal with erosion-threatened oceanfront homes before they collapse.
The Brunswick County town has been granted a variance to use hay and pine straw bales as an alternative to sand fencing at six areas on the eastern end of the island.
North Carolina law bars state money for terminal groins, but the Topsail Island Shoreline Protection Commission has made it a goal this year to change that law.
Beachfront property owners in Rodanthe want beach nourishment to protect their erosion-threatened houses, but the questions of how much sand and how to pay for it are unanswered.
A rule approved in September deleted an exception that would allow homes of up to 2,000 square feet to be built in areas where the new erosion rate-based setbacks would prevent construction of new houses.
Underwater power lines crossing Hatteras Inlet’s Connector Channel have created another delay in finalizing the realignment of the Hatteras ferry channel.
The Army Corps of Engineers says its five-year-old rule blocking local governments, marinas and private entities from using its dredged material disposal sites will remain.
Changes to other coastal management rules had removed a key provision while the recently approved shoreline development rules were still being considered.