Beach News

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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 2021

2/25/2021
JS CHATRY BACK IN RANGE A AFTER MOORED IN THE HARBOR FOR SEA CONDITIONS.  ROUGHLY 700 LINEAR FEET TO GO ON THE BEACH BEFORE JUMPING TO THE WEST SIDE OF OCEANANA PIER
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment

Dare commissioners support amending Hatteras Inlet’s federal authorization
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2021/02/25/dare-commissioners-support-amending-hatteras-inlets-federal-authorization/ 

Scramble On For New Hanover Sand Money
https://www.coastalreview.org/2021/02/scramble-on-for-new-hanover-sand-money/ 

Proposed Avon Beach Nourishment Tax Lowered from 40/10 Cents to 25/5 Cents
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/proposed-avon-beach-nourishment-tax-lowered/ 

2/24/2021

LIBERTY ISLAND ARRIVED MONDAY – REPAIRS UNDERWAY – PROJECT START PLANNED FOR TOMORROW
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

Beach towns scramble to find federal funds after beach nourishment money disappears
https://portcitydaily.com/new-hanover-county/2021/02/22/beach-towns-scramble-to-find-federal-funds-after-beach-nourishment-money-disappears/

Avon Beach Nourishment FAQs – What to Know Ahead of the Feb. 24 Public Meeting
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/avon-beach-nourishment-faqs-what-to-know-ahead-of-the-feb-24-public-meeting/

REMINDER: Meeting on Proposed Avon Beach Nourishment Project will be Held on Feb. 24
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/avon-beach-nourishment-meeting-on-feb-24/

A $1.4 billion Army Corps plan to protect Charleston from hurricane surge changes
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/a-1-4-billion-army-corps-plan-to-protect-charleston-from-hurricane-surge-changes/article_e1c4e8f8-722c-11eb-b56c-db6024475ca1.html 
2/17/2021
LIBERTY ISLAND ALL SET TO ARRIVE AND LIKELY START ON FEBRUARY 21, 2021 
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

BEACHFILL APPROACHING DUNES CLUB.  JS CHATRY TO BE BACK IN ACTION SOON
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment
2/10/2021
SAME SCHEDULE.   NEW PLANTING, SAND FENCING, AND POST & ROPE NOTES.  NEW PSA AND SAND FENCING FACT SHEET!  
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

RANGE B COMPLETED; BEACHFILL CONTINUES ADVANCING WEST.
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment

2/9/2021
Carteret County Beach Commission February Meeting Agenda
February 16, 2021; 14:00
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_02162021-1196 

Managing dredge material review at Dare’s waterways commission
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2021/02/04/managing-dredge-material-review-at-dares-waterways-commission/

Bills Would Clear Way for Terminal Groins
https://www.coastalreview.org/2021/02/bills-would-clear-way-for-terminal-groins/

2/4/2021

GETTING EVERYTHING SET FOR THE FEBRAURY 20th.
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

WORK ON THE OUTSIDE/WORK ON THE INSIDE (1/3 Complete)
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/826/

North Topsail OK’d for Dune Restoration
https://www.coastalreview.org/2021/02/north-topsail-okd-for-dune-restoration/

Dare County to host meeting on Avon beach project
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2021/02/04/dare-county-to-host-meeting-on-avon-beach-project/

2/3/2021
Avon Beach Nourishment, the Future of N.C. 12, and New Dredge Highlighted in State of the County 2021 Presentation
https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/avon-beach-nourishment-the-future-of-n-c-12-new-dredge-highlighted-in-state-of-the-county-2021-presentation/

To rebuild beaches, Outer Banks will spend $99M in one year
https://greensboro.com/news/state-and-regional/to-rebuild-beaches-outer-banks-expects-to-spend-99m-in-1-year/article_64788f3a-d484-5629-8bbc-63cd4a52492e.html 
SCDOT tells Isle of Palms to restore beach parking, rolls back prior approval
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/scdot-tells-isle-of-palms-to-restore-beach-parking-rolls-back-prior-approval/article_ba749e94-64e2-11eb-afcc-ef29d374ed0b.html

Congressman Murphy: Additional dredging for Silver Lake Harbor
https://www.dredgingtoday.com/2021/02/02/congressman-murphy-additional-dredging-for-silver-lake-harbor/

1/27/2021
2nd SUBMERGED PIPELINE LANDING SET IN REACH 3; START DATE PUSHED BACK TO ROUGHLY FEBRUARY 20th
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

NICE PROGRESS
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/826/

State agrees to allow year-round dredging at ports
https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_1bc7c44e-5f63-11eb-a3f8-03acaca4a7b3.html

Funding for Wilmington-area beach nourishment disappears at last minute; local leaders shocked
https://portcitydaily.com/local-news/2021/01/25/funding-for-wilmington-area-beach-nourishment-disappears-at-last-minute-local-leaders-shocked/

SC Statehouse Beach Fight: Should Towns Have Free Parking?
https://apnews.com/article/transportation-public-access-legislation-coronavirus-pandemic-local-governments-20d139595343190ea580ae7cddf97e28 

1/25/2021
Town Of Carolina Beach Working Towards Restarting Lake Dredge Project
http://www.islandgazette.net/news-18/index.php/top-stories/item/9390-town-of-carolina-beach-working-towards-restarting-lake-dredge-project
 

Waterways Commission tackles dredge material disposal
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2021/01/23/waterways-commission-tackles-dredge-material-disposal/

Southeastern NC beaches take measures to preserve dunes every year, here's one way
https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/news/2021/01/23/oak-island-beach-dunes-preserved-christmas-trees/6661513002/

Biden quietly reinstates national flood standard
Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter, January 25, 2021
President Biden's reinstatement of a flood-protection policy that President Trump had revoked is cheering climate advocates and signaling that the new administration will move to strengthen the nation's resilience to natural disasters.  Biden revived an Obama-era executive order that had sought to require all new federally funded projects located in flood zones — including roads, housing and public works — to be built to withstand flooding under scenarios that incorporate the effects of climate change.  Reinstating President Obama's Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which Trump revoked in 2017 before agencies could implement it, became a priority for environmental and conservation groups after Biden's election.

"This is an extremely promising step in the right direction to getting the country to have a mindset that systematically incorporates resilience to future flooding," said Forbes Tompkins, head of the Pew Charitable Trusts' resilient infrastructure program.  Rob Moore of the Natural Resources Defense Council called Biden's move last week "the first step toward the federal government getting out of the business of subsidizing development in low-lying flood-prone areas."  "This applies to every federally financed project and therefore affects tens of billions if not hundreds of billions of dollars in federal infrastructure and housing," Moore added.

Biden's reinstatement of the flood policy could take several years to implement. It is expected to draw opposition from powerful groups such as homebuilders, building contractors and the fossil fuel industry, all of which could try to minimize the policy's scope.  The Biden administration will have to issue guidance on the policy to federal agencies, which will have to follow a rulemaking process that can take years.  "It's not as simple as flipping a switch," said Alice Hill, who worked on the Obama executive order as a member of the National Security Council in the early 2010s. "We're a long way off from seeing a home elevated as a result of President Biden's action."

The policy is likely to increase construction costs by requiring new buildings and facilities to be elevated 2 to 3 feet above projected flood levels or to have flood protection that is equivalent to the elevation. Groups including the National Association of Home Builders, National Multifamily Housing Council and National Council of State Housing Agencies had cited costs in opposing the Obama order several years ago.  Supporters say the flood-protection measures will save money in the long term by making facilities more resilient and less likely to be damaged by flooding.  "Yes, there could be upfront costs," Tompkins said. "But the return on investment far exceeds those costs."  The heightened flood-protection standards will apply to a vast range of federally funded new construction: housing subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, water and sewer plants funded by EPA, roads and bridges financed by the Department of Transportation, and local infrastructure rebuilt with Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds.  "This will reduce flood risk in the United States," said Hill, the former Obama official, who is now a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Homes will be elevated, schools will be elevated, hospitals will be elevated if they rely on federal money. That will reduce federal money spent on disaster recovery."

Agencies such as the Defense Department and some states and cities have already adopted flood-protection standards for new construction that are similar to what the Biden policy will require, said Tompkins of Pew.  "In some ways, this is a long overdue step by the federal government to catch up to what a lot of states and localities are doing," he said. "It's also a great motivator for those that have yet to adopt similar standards or think about resilience. This almost incentivizes them to start doing so."  Noting that Biden's flood policy could be reversed by a future president, Tompkins said, "What's critically needed is to pass a federal flood standard through legislation."

Biden's reinstatement of the flood policy was one of his first official acts after taking office Wednesday. But the action, described in a single paragraph near the bottom of a 3,400-word executive order on public health and the environment, was overlooked until Friday when observers began scrutinizing the document.  The phrasing confused many experts, including Craig Fugate, who ran FEMA for nearly eight years in the Obama administration and wondered on Twitter on Friday whether Biden's executive order had revived the flood standard. Rather than saying directly that the flood policy was in effect, the order revoked Trump's 2017 revocation of the original Obama flood policy.  A White House official confirmed to E&E News that Biden's action reinstated the flood policy.  Biden's order directs the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to "jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued."  "There'll be a lot more work. It's a complex issue," Hill said.

The Obama flood policy grew out of a study of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which urged the creation of a national flood standard "in recognition that flood conditions were changing and climate change was bringing more flooding," Hill said.  After Obama announced the policy in an executive order in January 2015, agencies including FEMA, HUD, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers drafted rules to implement the flood standard. None of the agencies had finalized their rules by the time Trump revoked Obama's order in August 2017, which forced them to withdraw their proposed rules.  During the recent presidential transition, groups such as Pew and NRDC had urged the incoming Biden administration to reinstate the flood standard, saying it would be an easy and effective way to strengthen the nation's resilience to flood damage.  "The fact that we're at the beginning of a presidential transition period is great for getting this decision made," said Moore of NRDC.

1/22/2021

BACK IN ACTION, VERY CLOSE TO ENTERING ATLANTIC BEACH (new photos)
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/826/

Agreement OKs Year-Round Ports Dredging
https://www.coastalreview.org/2021/01/agreement-oks-year-round-ports-dredging/

What you need to know about Charleston’s $2 billion storm surge project
https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/story/a-2-billion-storm-surge-project-is-poised-to-change-charleston-forever-heres-what-you-need-to-know

Judge upholds state permit for DeBordieu groins (SC)
https://coastalobserver.com/judge-upholds-state-permit-for-debordieu-groins/

1/20/2021
1st SUBMERGED PIPELINE SET; PHOTOS; FEBRAURY 12th CONTINUES TO BE THE START DATE
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

Old Ferry Channel dredging underway, Emerald Isle beach project delayed
https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_4efccee8-59b6-11eb-a258-efda33aee324.html

Court rules in favor of DeBordieu Colony's beach nourishment plan (SC)
https://wpde.com/news/local/court-rules-in-favor-of-debordieu-colonys-beach-nourishment-plan

1/18/2021
PAUSE IN OPERATIONS
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/826/

Lawsuit seeks more protection for endangered right whales
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2021/01/15/lawsuit-seeks-more-protection-for-endangered-right-whales/

Judge rules for homeowners in beach easement suits (SC)
https://coastalobserver.com/judge-rules-for-homeowners-in-beach-easement-suits/

Feds seek to add marsh and undeveloped islands near Folly to protection program (SC)
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/feds-seek-to-add-marsh-and-undeveloped-islands-near-folly-to-protection-program/article_e27020ce-5440-11eb-8068-27250e0a7589.html 

Emerald Isle concurs with decision to reject federal beach nourishment plan
https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_d5fe7dbe-574b-11eb-9903-17bf004bc5cd.html

1/13/2021
MOBILIZATION SCHEDULE GENERALLY THE SAME, START DATE PUSHED TO FEBRAURY 12th
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

Mount Pleasant leaders push back on Crab Bank renourishment location (SC)
https://www.live5news.com/2021/01/11/mount-pleasant-leaders-push-back-crab-bank-renourishment-location/

Atlantic Beach voices support for county’s existing beach master plan
https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_1f5de806-5511-11eb-aacf-eb8d3d097fc4.html

1/12/2021
PROJECT START!
Morehead City Harbor Dredging – Ft. Macon/Atlantic Beach Nourishment
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/826/

1/11/2021
In Nags Head, questions on beach nourishment funds
https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2021/01/08/in-nags-head-questions-over-beach-nourishment-funding/ 

Charleston needs to better plan how Army Corps wall fits into the city, consultant says
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-needs-to-better-plan-how-army-corps-wall-fits-into-the-city-consultant-says/article_29e52452-4075-11eb-a0f9-5ff80af41bfa.html

Federal spending bill makes way for local beach projects
https://portcitydaily.com/local-news/2021/01/07/federal-spending-bill-makes-way-for-local-beach-projects/ 


1/6/2021
LOOKING TO START THE LAST WEEK OF JANUARY   
Post-Florence Renourishment Project (Phase III)
http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/

Fort Macon, other locations accepting natural Christmas trees
https://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_553d74ae-4ea0-11eb-9123-0730df081566.html 

Long-Term Plans Ahead for Shifting Sands
https://www.coastalreview.org/2021/01/long-term-plans-ahead-for-shifting-sands/


1/2/2021
Beach nourishment decisions loom for Dare commissioners
https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2021/01/01/beach-nourishment-decisions-loom-for-dare-commissioners/

North Topsail Beach homeowners reuse Christmas trees to build up dunes
https://portcitydaily.com/local-news/2020/12/29/north-topsail-beach-homeowners-reuse-christmas-trees-to-build-up-dunes/ 

The 2020 Battle Over SC Public Beach Access and Parking Ends the Year in a Draw
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/the-2020-battle-over-sc-public-beach-access-and-parking-ends-the-year-in-a/article_030c5b42-43a5-11eb-8829-7bc110d39758.html