Dare County officials have given the go-ahead for a private partner to proceed with a contract with a Louisiana firm to build a dredge.
Beach & Inlet Management
Federal Judge Throws Out Challenge to CRC
A federal judge has dismissed a Maryland couple’s legal fight against North Carolina regulators to replace a house destroyed by fire on the same site, one of the most rapidly eroding stretches of beach on the Outer Banks.
Corps Pulls Sunset Beach Dredge Application
The Army Corps of Engineers has withdrawn Sunset Beach’s permit application for dredging Jinks Creek because the placement area for sand removed from the channel has not been determined.
Beach Projects Help But Choices Lie Ahead
Officials in coastal N.C. communities say beach renourishment is essential to the economy, and federal dollars flow to sand projects in the wake of hurricanes, but priorities may change with rising seas and more storms.
Corps Funds Bogue, Topsail Sand Projects
The Army Corps of Engineers is providing more than $281 million for rebuilding beaches in North Carolina communities damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
Bogue Banks Project ‘A Go’ for February
The $28.2 million Phase 2 Hurricane Florence sand replacement project for western Atlantic Beach, all of Pine Knoll Shores, a small part of Salter Path and a part of western Emerald Isle is expected to begin in early next month.
State Drafts Plan to Study Dredge Spoils Sites
With new Corps of Engineers restrictions on the use of federal dredged materials disposal sites, N.C. officials have drafted a plan to identify other locations and study the state’s needs.
UNCW Series Examines Climate Challenges
A seminar Tuesday on managing and adapting as sea levels rise, along with other effects of climate change, kicked off UNCW’s monthly, collaborative series on coastal resiliency.
Heavy Equipment at Issue in Dune Planting
Federal and state agencies are working to resolve questions about how dune planting after beach renourishment projects can be done without harming endangered species.
Public Can Weigh in on Inlet Hazard Updates
The state Division of Coastal Management will hold several public hearings on proposed updated inlet hazard area boundaries and building rules, following hearings on the updated erosion rates used to determine the proposed IHAs
Officials Plan Next Bogue Banks Sand Project
Officials hope to begin an estimated $30 million beach renourishment project on Bogue Banks this fall, on the heels of the $21 million project completed in April.
NCDOT Gets OK for Short-Term Erosion Fix
After losing more than 70 feet of shoreline in the past year, NCDOT has been granted special permission to install sandbags in ways not generally allowed by state rules.
Math May Favor Buyout of North Topsail
A $30 million buyout of North Topsail Beach’s most vulnerable properties would save over 30 years nearly twice what the town will spend trying to hold back the ocean, says a new university analysis that Mayor Dan Tuman calls “uninformed.”
Bogue Banks Sand Project Nears Final Leg
The $20 million, post-Florence renourishment of beaches on Bogue Banks should be completed by April 30, just ahead of the busy tourist season, but damaged public beach accesses may not be repaired as quickly.
Dare Waterways Commission Shifts Focus
With attention long spent on navigation in Hatteras Inlet, Dare County Waterways Commission discussions recently turned to Oregon Inlet, where shoaling at the old bridge is too severe for dredge access, and other problem areas.
Topsail Towns Prioritize Storm Projects
North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach are selecting storm mitigation projects to be funded with multi-million-dollar state grant from the state Division of Water Resources.