Beach & Inlet Management

  • Topsail Beach’s Request for Sand Site Stalled

    The Corps will not seek an exception to federal restrictions in order to designate an area of Banks Channel as a sand source for Topsail Beach re-nourishment projects, but town officials aren’t giving up the idea entirely.

  • Judge Halts Topsail Beach Building Permits

    A judge has blocked Topsail Beach from issuing building permits for a stretch of oceanfront lots, a move prompted by a lawsuit brought by property owners upset about the town’s recent repeal of its dune protection ordinance.

  • Topsail Beach Repeals Dune Ordinance

    Rather than add controversial provisions to accommodate development, Topsail Beach commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday to simply scrap the town’s longstanding dune-protection ordinance.

  • Property Owners Divided Over Dune Rule

    Topsail Beach property owners, some with their lawyers, turned out Saturday for the first of two public hearings over proposed changes to the town’s dune-protection ordinance.

  • Federation Takes Living Shorelines Online

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation and Restore America’s Estuaries collaborated to make a one-stop shop for all things living shorelines, including training, learning and connecting.

  • Southern Shores Sets Forum on Beach Plan

    Town officials in Southern Shores have set a date for a forum to gauge public opinion on a proposed beach re-nourishment project that will likely require a tax increase.

  • ‘Many’ Figure Eight Owners Haven’t Voted

    As the world’s attention is focused on Election Day, a pending vote on a controversial plan to build a terminal groin on Figure Eight Island may not have generated the response proponents wanted, so far.

  • Figure Eight Set to Vote on Terminal Groin

    Property owners on Figure Eight Island will soon receive ballots for a vote on whether to proceed with construction of a terminal groin here. Meanwhile, a letter from nearly 50 owners opposed to the project will also arrive in their mailboxes.

  • Sunset Beach Studying Plan to Dredge Canals

    Officials in Sunset Beach have hired a firm to review the environmental effects of dredging creeks and man-made canals here, but some say going deeper for bigger boats is a bad idea.

  • Lawmakers Tour New River Inlet

    Members of a state House committee took a boat ride through New River Inlet to get firsthand look at shoaling and the erosion at North Topsail Beach. They heard about dredging, terminal groins and even jetties as possible solutions.

  • Figure Eight Homeowner Won’t Budge

    A homeowner on exclusive Figure 8 Island says he’s dead set against the terminal groin that the island’s homeowners’ association wants to build and won’t provide the needed easement.