Beach & Inlet Management

  • 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.

  • Topsail Seeks Exception to Federal Rule

    Topsail Beach officials are asking the Army Corps of Engineers for an exemption to federal Coastal Barrier Resources Act restrictions to secure their preferred source of sand for beach re-nourishment projects.

  • Experts Weigh In On Figure 8’s Groin Plan

    Coastal geologists, environmental groups and others came together recently to discuss Figure Eight Island’s plans for a terminal groin to fight erosion, but the opposing sides in the debate didn’t get any closer to a consensus.

  • North Topsail Must Remove Rocks by May

    State and federal wildlife officials say North Topsail Beach must remove the rocks pumped onto its beach during a 2015 renourishment project by May, when sea turtle nesting season begins, but discussions continue over how deep to dig.