Beach & Inlet Management

  • 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.

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    Inventory Tracks ‘Armoring’ of Beaches, Inlets

    Newly released data lists all hardened structures, beach re-nourishment projects and other changes made to East Coast beaches since 2012, raising questions about what should be done to offset their effects.

  • Plan Streamlines Re-Nourishment Permitting

    The state will soon roll out a new biological review system to fast-track permitting for certain types of beach re-nourishment projects, trimming at least three months from the approval time.