Beach & Inlet Management

  • 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.

  • Deadline Approaches for Permit Appeal

    Groups opposed to a planned 21-lot subdivision on an undeveloped, oceanfront stretch of Sunset Beach are awaiting a decision on whether they will be allowed to appeal a recently issued state permit for the project.

  • Corps Issues Final Study on Figure Eight Groin

    The Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental study on Figure Eight Island’s proposed terminal groin project, and island homeowners have applied for a permit to build the structure at Rich Inlet.

  • North Topsail Asks for Sand Tube Extension

    For the second time in less than a year, North Topsail Beach will ask for more time to remove an illegal portion of a sand bag wall it built in 2014 at New River Inlet. Now, the town wants six more years.

  • Topsail Beach’s Sand Dune Debate

    The much-debated dune ordinance Topsail Beach adopted a year ago is once again under review with the town planning board determining how much sand, if any, may be removed from a property in order to build.

  • CRC Tackles Sandbag Rules Again

    With its temporary sandbag rules tossed aside over a technicality, the state Coastal Resources Commission this month set its sights on drafting the permanent rules it needed to do anyway.

  • Time Running Out for Old Cemetery

    Storms and rising seas threaten the Midgett Cemetery near Salvo on Hatteras Island. Efforts are underway to raise $120,000 to save the old cemetery, where generations of islanders are buried.

  • Critics: Terminal Groins Don’t Stop Erosion

    A terminal groin at Holden Beach would do far less than advertised, opponents said at a public forum. It would likely just benefit a handful of homes, they said, and push chronic erosion farther down the beach.

  • Same Tune, Different Players at Holden

    The newest proposal to build a terminal groin to control erosion on the east end of Holden Beach has been tried twice before. The latest version will be the subject of a public forum tonight on the island.