News & Features

  • Surf City Addresses Deck Rules, Stirs Debate

    Surf City town council adopted an ordinance allowing oceanfront property owners of unbuildable lots to build single-level decks no larger than 500 square feet, which is causing debate.

  • 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.

  • Sand Mine Rezoning OK’d, SUP Vote Delayed

    After hearing from worried residents, the New Hanover County Planning Board voted Thursday to rezone 63 acres for a proposed sand mine, but a special use permit decision was put off until March.

  • Corolla Horses OK, But Va. Disease A Concern

    A fatal disease afflicting the Chincoteague pony herd in eastern Virginia has not appeared among the wild horses of Corolla on the Outer Banks, but herd managers are keeping a watchful eye for symptoms.

  • STEM Project Helps Kids Understand Storm

    A Duke University Marine Lab project helped young Boys and Girls Club members apply science, technology, engineering and math to better understand storm surge and their experiences during Hurricane Florence.

  • CRC: Changes to Dune Rules Add Flexibility

    Changes to sand dune rules that would give property owners more leeway in moving sand shifted by winds or storms and allow for improved beach accesses are now set for final state approval.

  • 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.