Beach & Inlet Management

  • In addition to smaller rocks, people walking the beach have to watch out for larger rocks such as these scattered on shore. Photo: Talton

    N. Topsail Removes More Rocks From Beach

    As directed by regulatory officials, North Topsail Beach has for the third time removed rocks pumped onto a section of beach in 2015, completing the work in time for sea turtle nesting season.

  • N. Topsail Board Refuses Revetment Contract

    The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen has refused to accept the lone contract proposal offered so far to repair the sandbag wall built to protect beachfront homes and condos from erosion.

  • Dune Protection Fight Put On Hold … Again

    A state appeals court has upheld the judge’s ruling that dismissed a challenge to Topsail Beach’s repeal of its longstanding dune protection ordinance, shifting the fight back to the local level.

  • N. Topsail Board Hears Terminal Groin Plan

    A design firm presented its preliminary preferred alternative to aldermen in erosion-prone North Topsail Beach last week, suggesting application for federal and state permits to build a 2,000-foot terminal groin.

  • N. Topsail Manager: Avoid Rocky Sand Site

    North Topsail Beach’s outgoing manager stressed to town aldermen that pumping sand from the offshore borrow site the Onslow County town is permitted to use could get expensive … again.

  • Onslow County to N. Topsail: Focus on Inlet

    North Topsail Beach officials were advised this week to focus on inlet navigation rather than the town’s chronic north-end erosion in their appeal to Onslow County for help paying for a proposed terminal groin.

  • Sand Project: More Turtles Than Expected

    A major beach re-nourishment project on the Outer Banks has encountered far more sea turtles than expected, which has prompted further study but hasn’t slowed progress.

  • Cahoon Gavels First CRC Meeting as Chair

    Renee Cahoon of Nags Head recently presided over her first meeting as chair of the state Coastal Resources Commission, and she also spoke with CRO about her new role.