Coastal Policy

  • Law Tweaks Coastal Barrier Resource Act

    A new law amends the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, which bars federal spending including flood insurance in designated environmentally sensitive areas, but most of North Topsail Beach remains unchanged.

  • Living Shoreline Permitting to be Made Easier

    North Carolina has taken steps to streamline the permitting process for marsh sills and other types of living shorelines as alternatives to bulkheads for estuarine shoreline stabilization.

  • Deal Reached on Sunset Beach Dredging

    After about two years of discussions, the Sunset Beach Town Council appears to be heeding environmental concerns and advancing plans to dredge only a portion of Jinks Creek.

  • Flooded Again: Long-Term Fixes Needed

    A recent report found that government buyouts for getting people out of floodplains haven’t worked, partly because residents return or relocate to areas proven vulnerable to flooding.

  • Budget Process Underway, Draws Criticism

    The process for this year’s state budget, which includes key items for the coast such as beach renourishment and a private-public partnership to purchase a dredge for Oregon Inlet, is facing criticism.

  • Hyde County Adopts Derelict Vessel Rule

    Hyde this week became the fourth coastal N.C. county to approve an ordinance addressing the problem of abandoned vessels in public waters, the county’s first step that applies only to Ocracoke’s harbor.

  • Offensive Fence Gone at Carolina Beach Park

    A fence deemed illegal and a hazard that private property owners placed at Freeman Park in Carolina Beach has been removed and the town has put up a new fence at the popular vehicle and camping beach.

  • Owners Seek Permits for 2015 Wetlands Fill

    Property owners restoring a private airstrip in Down East Carteret County, a project that involved filling of 5 acres of wetlands in 2015, now seek after-the-fact approval from the Corps of Engineers for the work.

  • Sunset Beach, Developers Reach Agreement

    An agreement has put on hold a lawsuit over proposed development of land at the west end of Sunset Beach that was once an inlet and may result in the state buying and conserving the property.

  • Net Changes: 20 Years Since Fisheries Reform

    In its 20th year, a Fisheries Reform Act anniversary summit is being held Wednesday by Outer Banks Catch to revisit the creation of the state’s first comprehensive fisheries management law.