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Beach News is a courtesy service provided by the Carteret County Shore Protection Office that furnishes on-line news relevant to the beaches of North Carolina with special emphasis to Carteret County.  Please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/list.aspx if you wish to be added to or removed from the "Beach News" distribution list.   Recent "Beach News" is provided below.


BEACH NEWS for 2020

3/30/2020
LAST FLIP IN PINE KNOLL SHORES - 3,500 LINEAR FEET TO GO BEFORE SALTER PATH
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm
https://federalnewsnetwork.com/business-news/2020/03/whales-face-more-fatal-ship-collisions-as-waters-warm/


3/26/2020
ELLIS ISLAND CONTINUES WORKING; CLOSE TO THE HOME STRETCH IN PINE KNOLL SHORES
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

County OKs contract for Atlantic Harbor project
https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_e4ccf662-6e1d-11ea-9550-abd2ff131553.html

3/23/2020
BOTH DREDGES WORKING UNTIL THE LIBERTY ISLAND DEPARTS TOMORROW
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

With all that sand, a few gaps stand out
https://coastalobserver.com/with-all-that-sand-a-few-gaps-stand-out/

The Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers (Corps) received an application from the NCDOT-Ferry Division seeking Department of the Army authorization to dredge and perform maintenance on a 2.5-mile segment of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route identified as Sloop Channel in Hyde County, North Carolina.
https://saw-reg.usace.army.mil/PN/2020/SAW-2020-00462-PN.PDF

Commentary: Seawall at DeBordieu sacrifices public property (SC)
https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/commentary-seawall-at-debordieu-sacrifices-public-property/article_f758b3ba-6969-11ea-ab94-e3445a65a1af.html


3/19/2020
THE ELLIS ISLAND HAS ARRIVED; FLIPPING THE PIPE ON LINE 4 AND WORKING OFF LINE 5; SCHEDULE 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Project On to Finally Allow Elizabeth II to Sail
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/03/project-on-to-finally-allow-elizabeth-ii-to-sail/

Brunswick Town site gets $2-million grant for stabilization 
https://stateportpilot.com/news/article_29481840-694f-11ea-9596-0b0822cde364.html

3/16/2020
STARTING ON SUBMERGED PIPELINE LANDING #4 ("LINE 4")
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Corps Pulls Sunset Beach Dredge Application 
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/03/corps-pulls-sunset-beach-dredge-application/


3/12/2020
GREAT PROGRESS CONTINUES; ELLIS ISLAND  TO START ON THE 19th; MORE DRONE PHOTOS; COVID-19
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Waterways Commission Make Adjustments to Move Forward with April Dredging
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/waterways-commission-make-adjustments-to-move-forward-with-april-dredging/

More Heat, Floods, Storms ‘Virtually Certain’ 
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/03/more-heat-floods-storms-virtually-certain/

Army Corps plan for Charleston flooding won’t include home buyouts
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/army-corps-plan-for-charleston-flooding-won-t-include-home/article_b531c0e8-63a7-11ea-a7e3-233b8eaa79c6.html

Charleston City Council OKs new construction height requirements in flood-prone areas
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-city-council-oks-new-construction-height-requirements-in-flood/article_c723d36e-6248-11ea-b197-33d5499f704e.html


3/9/2020
PKS ROUGHLY 25% COMPLETE (40% OVERALL).
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Building sunken breakwaters off SC coast to halt beach erosion has unclear future
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/building-sunken-breakwaters-off-sc-coast-to-halt-beach-erosion/article_be6690bc-5c90-11ea-8c47-43e4cfe838ed.html

Feasibility study for Avon Beach Nourishment moving forward
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/feasibility-study-for-avon-beach-nourishment-moving-forward/

Kitty Hawk offshore wind project moving forward
https://obxtoday.com/top-stories/kitty-hawk-offshore-wind-project-moving-forward/


3/5/2020
GET READY FOR THE ELLIS ISLAND 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

County gets state permit for Atlantic Harbor dredging project
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_a7c75bbc-5e56-11ea-81ac-1b54fe6cbece.html


3/2/2020
REACH 10 COMPLETED.   PUMPING OFF LINE 3 IN PINE KNOLL SHORES.  
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Judge rules for Hovey: Duck beach access is public
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/02/29/judge-rules-for-hovey-duck-beach-access-is-public/

Flood maps don't keep pace with intensifying disasters
Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter, February 28, 2020
The Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday acknowledged shortcomings in its program to create flood maps for the nation, saying that many of them are old and possibly inaccurate.  Michael Grimm, FEMA assistant administrator for risk management, told a congressional hearing that the agency's flood-mapping program, which helps communities steer development away from flood-prone areas, faces a number of problems as flooding increases because of climate change.  "There are certain things we have not been able to directly attack," Grimm told members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.  FEMA's flood maps show the properties in each community that are inside a high-risk flood zone, which means they have a 1% chance of being flooded every year. FEMA requires owners of the high-risk properties to have flood insurance if they have a federally backed mortgage on the property.
The maps "have done a poor job" identifying areas at risk of flooding, said Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.).
"About three times as many people live in serious flood risk as are shown on maps," he said. "We must improve our flood maps for the sake of American homeowners, business owners and investment."
Among the problems:
FEMA has for decades prioritized creating maps for the most populated parts of the United States, where flooding would cause the most damage. "The unfortunate consequence is that areas of potential future development remain unmapped," Grimm said.
Roughly 3,300 of 22,000 communities have flood maps that are more than 15 years old. The maps might be inaccurate, because development and other land use changes over time can increase flood risk in areas thought to be safe from flooding.
Because flood maps show only whether an area is inside or outside a high-risk flood zone, the maps "may give a false impression to communities outside of the [flood zone] that they have little to no flood risk," Grimm said. Many communities outside the high-risk flood zone have experienced substantial flooding in recent years, particularly communities in Texas that were drenched when Hurricane Harvey dumped record rainfall in 2017.
Although federal law requires FEMA to review flood maps every five years to certify them as current, the process of developing new maps takes so long — seven years on average — that newly approved maps are often out of date. "Maps have technically expired by the time they are approved and publicly available," Grimm said.

FEMA is looking at developing maps that provide "graduated flood risk analyses" and "a more nuanced set of information" to better understand potential flood damage both inside and outside high-risk flood zones, Grimm said.  Grimm's testimony came as President Trump has proposed cutting FEMA's mapping budget to $100 million in fiscal 2021, from $263 million in this fiscal year. Congress has ignored Trump's previous proposals to cut federal spending for flood mapping and shift costs to states.  Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, testified yesterday that Congress should allocate at least $600 million a year for FEMA flood mapping.  "This gap in data is contributing significantly to the increasing flood losses in the nation," Berginnis said, referring to shortcomings in flood maps.  A recent association report says it will cost $3.2 billion to $11.8 billion for FEMA to create flood maps for the entire country and that updating the maps will cost $107 million to $480 million a year. The parts of the country without flood maps are mostly in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West (Climatewire, Feb. 27).
In response to questioning by Tonko, Grimm acknowledged climate change — a departure from other FEMA officials who have avoided publicly answering lawmakers' queries about the effects of rising temperatures.
"Absolutely, the climate is changing," Grimm said. "FEMA is addressing climate in our program areas."  Mark Osler, NOAA's senior adviser for coastal inundation and resilience, told Tonko that "one of NOAA's core missions is to research and monitor climate."  "How does that not percolate to the top of the executive branch?" Tonko replied. "If we have climate impacting a lot of this mapping and data assimilation, why do we not accept the concept of climate change?"  Grimm and Osler were silent for five seconds.  Grasping their reticence, Tonko ended his questioning, saying, "OK, I yield back."

2/27/2020
WE'RE IN PINE KNOLL SHORES
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Myrtle Beach leaders throw support behind bill to provide beach renourishment funding
https://www.wmbfnews.com/2020/02/25/myrtle-beach-leaders-throw-support-behind-bill-provide-beach-renourishment-funding/


2/24/2020
WE’VE FLIPPED; 1,500 FEET MORE TO AB/PKS BOUNDARY
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Deal with Corps offers town future beach funds (SC)
https://coastalobserver.com/deal-with-corps-offers-town-future-beach-funds/

NCDOT begins Ocracoke sandbag project
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2020/02/20/ncdot-begins-ocracoke-sandbag-project/

POA will gather property records to put county on notice of restrictions (SC)
https://coastalobserver.com/poa-will-gather-property-records-to-put-county-on-notice-of-restrictions/ 

Beach nourishment project continues in Atlantic Beach
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_84a17bbc-54e8-11ea-987d-2b6bc181326d.html


2/20/2020
LEAPFROGGING; PUMPING BACK TOWARDS THE EAST OFF THE 2nd SUBMERGED PIPELINE   
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

County to dredge pair of waterways
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_2d0b5ede-52ab-11ea-b8fa-cb6e2acd362d.html 

NCDOT to place sandbags on N.C. 12 at north end
https://ocracokeobserver.com/2020/02/19/ncdot-to-place-sandbags-on-n-c-12-at-north-end/ 

CRC Grants Variance On Jinks Creek Project 
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/02/crc-grants-variance-on-jinks-creek-project/


2/17/2020
AWESOME PROGRESS, 2nd SUBMERGED PIPELINE SET   
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Beach Projects Help But Choices Lie Ahead
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/02/beach-projects-help-but-choices-lie-ahead/

Sandbridge’s $20 million beach replenishment project to begin
http://www.pilotonline.com/news/environment/vp-nw-sandbridge-beach-0214-20200216-jrg5xwmrqjf7lnetbxmt7d7u3a-story.html

Long a holdout, Currituck County to study beach nourishment 
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/02/16/long-a-holdout-currituck-county-to-study-beach-nourishment/

Army Corps spiffing up Rudee Inlet ahead of dredging project
https://www.pilotonline.com/news/environment/vp-nw-rudee-inlet-dock-0212-20200214-etzepdqc5nhlzkbrl64onwdrfm-story.html

Buxton Meeting Highlights Concerns with New-in-2020 Flood Maps
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/buxton-meeting-highlights-concerns-with-new-in-2020-flood-maps/


2/14/2020
PIPE FLIPPED AT 1st SUBMERGED PIPELINE LANDING (HEADING WEST NOW)   
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Avon takes a step forward towards a potential beach nourishment project 
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/avon-takes-a-step-forward-towards-a-potential-beach-nourishment-project/

Town Approves Moving Forward On Study To Extend Beach Nourishment
http://www.islandgazette.net/news-18/index.php/top-stories/item/9061-town-approves-moving-forward-on-study-to-extend-beach-nourishment 

State Extends Time For Input On New IHAs
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/02/state-extends-time-for-input-on-new-ihas/

Renourishment a go for prized SC rookery Crab Bank in Charleston Harbor
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/renourishment-a-go-for-prized-sc-rookery-crab-bank-in/article_644e861a-4c15-11ea-a7a2-0b6fa7c9f203.html 

2/10/2020

NICE PROGRESS  
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

A long-awaited Hunting Island beach project began this week. Here’s what you’ll see
https://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/article239945788.html


2/8/2020
PROJECT START! 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Dredging has started, beach project underway
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_22de87aa-49f1-11ea-a333-1bca8d7fafde.html

Sunset Beach wants exception to state regulations to dredge man-made canals, Jinks Creek
https://portcitydaily.com/local-news/2020/02/06/sunset-beach-wants-exception-to-state-regulations-to-dredge-man-made-canals-jinks-creek/


2/5/2020
LIBERTY ISLAND IS HERE; COULD START TOMORROW OR SATURDAY 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Carteret County Beach Commission Meeting Agenda
February 11, 2020; Pine Knoll Shores Town Hall, 2 pm

Duck looks at flood damage prevention ordinance 
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2020/02/04/duck-looks-at-flood-damage-prevention-ordinance/

Duck beach access case delayed
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/02/04/duck-beach-access-case-delayed/


2/3/2020
Latest Bogue Banks nourishment project begins
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_cd06c304-446b-11ea-b238-d3beba7e9846.html

As SC island homes fall into ocean, owners behind them wonder if they’re next
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/as-sc-island-homes-fall-into-ocean-owners-behind-them/article_7e986a32-30c6-11ea-9ac3-d78c896d1fcd.html

County looks to dredge Old Ferry Channel
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_69cb3396-4539-11ea-885f-a75dc323a083.html

Big flooding fixes coming for vulnerable Eastern Shore Drive in Virginia Beach
https://www.pilotonline.com/news/environment/vp-nw-virginia-beach-shore-drive-flooding-20200202-5jrt2cbx2jcl7nup5fw6d7zj4i-story.html 

Editorial: Don’t weaken South Carolina’s beachfront laws 
https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-don-t-weaken-south-carolina-s-beachfront-laws/article_43228d5a-4446-11ea-8747-9f4d3afd1bbb.html


1/31/2020
SC beach building boundaries would stop at existing houses under new bill 
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/sc-beach-building-boundaries-would-stop-at-existing-houses-under/article_2aa2f446-4148-11ea-853f-e7add39b92ec.html 

State asserts public right to North Inlet marshes (SC)
https://coastalobserver.com/state-asserts-public-right-to-north-inlet-marshes/ 

Surf City to vote on extending berm to all oceanfront properties, $237m Corps project hits planning phase
https://portcitydaily.com/local-news/2020/01/30/surf-city-to-vote-on-extending-berm-to-all-oceanfront-properties-corps-project-hits-planning-phase/ 

Report Details Increasing Climate Threats
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/report-details-increasing-climate-threats/ 

PUBLIC NOTICE - The Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers (Corps) received an application from the Town of Surf City seeking Department of the Army authorization to perform excavation of Banks Channel, and place approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand along the oceanfront shoreline, associated with a beach nourishment project in Surf City, in Pender and Onslow Counties, North Carolina.
https://saw-reg.usace.army.mil/PN/2019/SAW-2019-00658-PN.pdf 


1/29/2020
PIPELINE ARRIVING; SUBMERGED LINE SET; LOOKING TO START NEXT WEEK  
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/

Sunset Beach Threatens to Take $1.2M Lot
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/sunset-beach-threatens-to-take-1-2m-lot/

How will rising seas, harsher storms affect Beaufort, SC? Hear what experts say
https://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article239599023.html 

Nourished beaches provide good return on investment
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/opinions/editorials/article_dc748500-422d-11ea-af08-b72f980d0f31.html


1/27/2020
Dredging for dollars: $144M in Bogue Banks nourishment essential to maintaining beaches
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_8eeb4874-3fc0-11ea-9927-f78ba03467fc.html 

Southern Shores ponders town-wide beach project
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/01/22/southern-shores-ponders-first-town-wide-beach-project/ 

Funding Available For Study To Extend Beach Nourishment
http://www.islandgazette.net/news-18/index.php/top-stories/item/9028-funding-available-for-study-to-extend-beach-nourishment 

Grain by grain, Briarcliffe Acres tries to restore dunes lost to hurricanes (SC)
https://wpde.com/news/local/grain-by-grain-briarcliffe-acres-tries-to-restore-dunes-lost-to-hurricanes 

New Dare Flood Maps Misrepresent Risk 
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/new-dare-flood-maps-misrepresent-risk/ 

Town Council Hears Freeman Park Update
http://www.islandgazette.net/news-18/index.php/top-stories/item/9026-town-council-hears-freeman-park-update 

New FEMA Flood Zone map brings changes to Onslow
https://www.jdnews.com/news/20200126/new-fema-flood-zone-map-brings-changes-to-onslow 

KDH tries new approach to event homes
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/01/23/kdh-tries-new-approach-to-event-homes/


1/22/2020
IRON STEAMER WILL SERVE AS STAGING AREA, STILL LOOKING AT 1st WEEK of FEBRUARY 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)

http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/ 

NC 12, Channel Shoaling Concerns Escalate
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/nc-12-channel-shoaling-concerns-escalate/ 

Wind-blown sand on section of NC 12
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2020/01/22/wind-blown-sand-on-section-of-nc-12/

Bald Head Gets $3M for Sand Project
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/bald-head-gets-3m-for-sand-project/ 

Ghost worms that feed migrating SC birds threatened by pace of beach renourishment 
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/ghost-worms-that-feed-migrating-sc-birds-threatened-by-pace/article_a7dc5152-323c-11ea-8b5c-3bf692a74d39.html 

Nearly 100 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued After Recent Cold Spell 
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/nearly-100-cold-stunned-sea-turtles-rescued-after-recent-cold-spell/


1/20/2020
Shifting Sands:
Using Taxes to Build the Best Beaches
 

Kitty Hawk agrees to proposal for post-Dorian beach survey and analysis

Federal disaster relief is being wasted on NC beaches

1/17/2020
Rule Change May Threaten Coastal Areas
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/rule-change-may-threaten-coastal-areas/ 

SC senators push laser mapping to better plan for flooding 

Currituck dune vegetation program now accepting applications 

As beach work moves north, town presses to reopen access

Virginia Beach will need to spend billions of dollars to battle sea level rise, says new city report

Long-Stalled Dredging at Hatteras Inlet Scheduled for Late January

There’s never been federal funding available for these 2 NC beaches. Until now. 

Corps Funds Bogue, Topsail Sand Projects

ACE funds county beach master plan

1/13/2020 

First phase of Pawleys Island beach renourishment nears completion

Administration sued for failing to protect green sea turtles from climate change

1/8/2020
PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETING, LOGISTICAL NOTES, 1st WEEK of FEBRUARY START 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase II)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/ 

Dare officials concerned about FEMA flood maps
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/01/07/dare-officials-concerned-about-fema-flood-maps/

Coastal Research: One Town’s Septic Risks 
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/coastal-research-one-towns-septic-risks/


1/3/2020

Inlets cut by Dorian fill back in
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_d767d202-2bfc-11ea-9b55-4fe1988aa38d.html 

Dune clearing at North Litchfield lots raises questions 
https://coastalobserver.com/dune-clearing-at-north-litchfield-lots-raises-questions/

Fort Macon accepts natural Christmas trees 
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_4ccf3612-2da0-11ea-b570-8bf76d0c2463.html

Give Natural Christmas Trees a Second Life
https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/01/live-christmas-trees-can-have-second-life/ 

Parks, beaches put Christmas trees to use to restore dunes 
https://www.jdnews.com/news/20200102/parks-beaches-put-christmas-trees-to-use-to-restore-dunes