A federal appeals court panel has affirmed a lower court’s decision allowing Ocean Isle Beach to proceed with construction of its proposed terminal groin.
The National Audubon Society’s appeal in an ongoing legal challenge to stop Ocean Isle Beach’s planned terminal groin project heads to court next month.
Eight years after state lawmakers repealed a longstanding ban on hardened shoreline erosion-control structures, only one has been built, as other beach towns weigh costs, consequences.
For years, Holden Beach was determined to build a terminal groin to deal with its serious erosion problems, but the pricey plan was scuttled after property owners looked closer.
Most who spoke Friday during a Holden Beach town commissioners meeting voiced opposition to the $34.4 million plan to build a terminal groin at the east end of the beach.
Bald Head Island has applied for a permit to mine sand for beach re-nourishment from a federally protected area of Frying Pan Shoals.
Figure Eight Island property owners last year voted down a plan for a terminal groin at Rich Inlet, but U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists are still working on an environmental study for the project.
A firm in contention to conduct the environmental study for North Topsail Beach’s proposed hybrid terminal groin/jetty project plans to use data from a previous study to fast-track the process and save money.
The Army Corps of Engineers has granted more time for federal wildlife officials to study the effects Figure Eight Islands proposed terminal groin will have on piping plovers.
Environmental groups opposed to the proposed terminal groin on Figure Eight Island are sponsoring a public forum on the project on Saturday.
The least terns are back at Rich Inlet and Figure Eight Island, but environmentalists fear that a planned terminal groin threatens their future there.
Town leaders are now banking on the construction of a 750-foot terminal groin to fend off further erosion on the east end of the island.
While some N.C. beach communities are rushing to build terminal groins to control erosion, Carteret County found that they would be too expensive and probably ineffective at Bogue Inlet.
The Army Corps of Engineers will amend its environmental study on the proposed terminal groin at Figure Eight Island to include the new design and location now preferred by island homeowners.
That’s the million-dollar question. Though the federal review of the possible environmental effects of the proposed terminal groin on Figure Eight Island is nearing completion, federal agencies charged with protecting birds haven’t yet started assessing what the groin might do to troubled bird species.
Bald Head Island could become the first N.C. community to build a terminal groin since lawmakers reversed the ban on such structures. First, they must clear a number of hurdles.