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Taking the Plunge: Surf City’s Twelfth Annual Dolphin Dip 2014

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By Amy Baker

January 3, 2014

Would you take a winter time dip with dolphins on Topsail Island in January?!

Well that is exactly what a few hundred people did on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in Surf City, NC!

According to WECT News, there were more than 2500 people Continue reading

Topsail Island Rentals: Follow Treasure Realty On YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+

TreasureRealty-TeamAt Treasure Realty, we offer over 425 Topsail Island rentals including oceanfront rentals, ocean view rentals, sound side rentals and condos. We have wonderful beach rentals in Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach and Surf City, NC from which you can choose the perfect rental home for your vacation getaway.  With such a large variety of homes to choose from, you are certain to find the perfect rental home for your Topsail island vacation.

it is our goal to make finding the perfect vacation home for your family as easy and enjoyable as possible so we are constantly updating our website to include high quality, current photos of all our rental homes in addition to full screen, interactive virtual tours. We are constantly updating the information about each of our properties to include the most current details about each home, the furnishings, appliances and amenities. We make it very easy to narrow your search, preview each home and make an informed choice. We even offer online booking to those who like a truly streamlined process but also keep in mind that our friendly staff are just a call away and always eager to answer your questions and assist you in choosing and booking the vacation home of your dreams.

Topsail Island RentalsClick the link and Browse Topsail Island Rentals By Treasure Realty, Inc.  and you’ll find out just how easy it is to navigate our website and narrow your search to just the homes that fit the needs of your group. You can easily narrow your search by the number of bedrooms in a home or narrow your search to homes that have pools. You can narrow your search to homes that have elevators or game rooms. It really is very easy to find what you are looking for and then get detailed information on the homes you are interested in so why don’t you go ahead, click the link and get started.

We strive to make our website as easy to use and informative as we possibly can but there is more! Treasure Realty is also active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+.

You can follow us on each of these platforms, engage with us, share your opinions, pictures, favorite places to eat and more. We are constantly trying to share some of the flavor of Topsail Island through these platforms to give you an idea of some of the things going on here, the news, good places to eat, places to shop, fish, things to do, local personalities and more. From time to time we also offer rental specials and Topsail Island real estate listings that you might have an interest in. We have included below links to our social media sites and hope that you will click though and visit with us though these pages.

- Treasure Realty On Facebook

- Treasure Realty On Twitter

- Treasure Realty Rentals On YouTube

- Treasure Realty Real Estate Sales On YouTube

- Treasure Realty On Google+

Why Choose Treasure Realty?

1) We Have The BEST Selection of Topsail Island Rentals To Choose From  2) Our Rentals Have Updated Professional Photos 3) You Can Read Unbiased Reviews From Past Guests 4) Many Of Our Rentals Have Full Screen Interactive Virtual Tours 5) We Also Have High Resolution Aerial Pictures 6) Our Friendly Staff Is Focused On One Thing… Our Customers. 7) We Offer After Hours Support During Your Stay In The Unlikely Event You Do Encounter A Problem In Your Rental. 8) Topsail Island Is One Of The Most Beautiful Places On The Planet!!

I have included a couple of examples of our rental homes below. Enjoy the videos and remember that we have over 400 homes and condos to choose from. We have homes for every size group and budget and would love to help you plan the perfect Topsail Island Vacation. See you on the beach soon!

 

Our Congratulations and Thanks Go Out To Jean Beasley

PrintIf you know Topsail Island, then you probably already know that the island is a haven for Sea Turtles, a haven where our residents and guests alike take great pride in preserving the turtles nesting grounds and also helping as many of the turtle population as possible survive and thrive. No one has done more to embody this spirit and to help the sea turtle population than Jean Beasley. (Jean is pictured left. Photo credit to Oceana.org)

Jean operates the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center which is located at 822 Carolina Avenue, Topsail Beach, NC 28445. The Sea Turtle Hospital is a wonderful place to visit if you are in the area although they are currently not able to allow tours of the facility. They do hope to be able to open up for tours before the end of the summer.

Please check their website often for updates. You can also click this LINK and follow Jean and The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Facebook.

On July 30th Jean was honored by the environmental group Oceana with the 2013 Ocean Hero Award.

Here is a brief portion from the article posted the Oceana.org website.

“… “It’s a very humbling experience,” Jean explained. “I am very, very fortunate because sea turtles seem to illicit very strong feelings from people. I see it all the time when they visit our rescue and sometimes they’re seeing sea turtles up close for the very first time, they have a very emotional reaction to them. I say all the time that if I could bottle that charisma, and sell it, I’d never have to worry about finances again! Without that charisma from those animals looking into your eyes – I like to say that they look down to your soul – we wouldn’t be able to do the things for them that we do, that’s for sure. It’s a privilege to work for them.”

“When we started our rehab work with sea turtles sixteen years ago, this was not so much on my radar, it was more about honoring my daughter and her work and the legacy that she left me, and about these animals that I had fallen in love with twenty years before. None of us ever planned to have a sea turtle hospital, it was an injured sea turtle that did it.”” Click Here To Read The Entire Article

We, at Treasure Realty, would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean for her years of tireless effort and dedication to this cause and to say congratulations on winning this very special award.

Unlikely Local Heroes Honored

In a day and time when Superman, the Avengers, and several more of our beloved childhood “heroes” remain a fascination, not many people consider themselves heroes. However, sometimes circumstances call on average men and women to perform in heroic ways.

During the May 7, 2013 meeting of the Jacksonville City Council, several local heroes were honored—some for the job they do every day, and some for caring enough to do something they have never done before—save another man’s life.

Ana ScottOne of those “unlikely” heroes, John Scott, is the husband of Treasure Realty’s own, Ana Scott (pictured left). Ana is our long term rentals manager, and needless to say, she is very proud of her husband!

On the afternoon of March 14, 2013, John and his construction crew were working adjacent to Western Boulevard, when they saw a school bus “going out of control” on the highway. Inside, bus driver, Bill Hemby, had passed out at the wheel. Fortunately, another DODDS employee, Patrica Acuna, was on the bus at the time. Ms. Acuna was able to guide the bus across four lanes of traffic and on to the roadside near Camp Lejeune’s main gate.

She was quickly met by John and Navy corpsman, Jeremy Jones, (both pictured below) who had also noticed the drifting bus. These men pulled Mr. Hemby off of the bus and started performing CPR on him. By the time JPD Officer, Tommie Thomas arrived on the scene, MCCS employee, Loretta Brand, and Camp Lejeune EMS/FF Jarrod Kuhnly were also assisting in the effort to save the victim’s life.John and Jeremy

Officer Thomas was able to step in and relieve John, who had been administering rescue breathing to Mr. Hemby. With John’s help, Officer Thomas also utilized an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to try to stimulate the victim’s heart, but to no avail. John and the others continued CPR until first responders arrived.

Once Mr. Hemby was in the care of emergency personnel, John went back to work, though not unmoved by the experience. Initially, it looked like the patient was not going to recover, but John was relieved to learn later that he had survived and was improving. When asked what compelled him to get involved, John responded, “I have two children, a family I love, and a father and a father-in-law who are close to [Mr. Hemby’s] age; I couldn’t imagine not helping him.”

According to Jacksonville Mayor, Sammy Phillips, “The immediate response and life sustaining efforts by the [five] civilians, JPD Officer and JFD Fire Personnel resulted in the victim regaining consciousness. Their actions resulted in preventing a tragedy and are very worthy of the Civilian Commendation Award and the Life Saving Award.” (Those receiving awards are pictured below with Mr. Hemby at center.)

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Mr. Hemby seemed delighted to be in attendance for the presentation of these awards. He hugged and personally thanked everyone involved. Afterward, Mayor Phillips invited Mr. Hemby to share. He expressed his appreciation to the heroes –especially to those who were first on the scene and “worked real hard” to keep him alive. There were few dry eyes in the room when Mr. Hemby exclaimed, “They said I was dead, but you’re looking at me tonight; I’m not dead. I praise God for that!”

Perhaps some would say that the events of March 14, 2013 were miraculous. John Scott believes that Mr. Hemby’s life “was a special miracle because he had such a long time of not responding to our CPR! We gave air to his brain and organs, but he and God did all the rest.”

Looking back on that day, John remarked that “there were a number of people who each had an important role in helping him. There were multiple factors that played into his life being saved, and I feel it was all God’s plan. I am humbled and glad to have been a part of it.” Whether or not we believe in miracles, like John says, “it is amazing how much we can help others if we are willing.”

John )left) and Mr. Hemby (right)

(Unlikely hero, John Scott, pictured above with Mr. Bill Hemby)

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Be Ye Warned! There be Pirates in Topsail Island’s Waters!

 
Be Ye Warned! There be Pirates in Topsail Island’s Waters!

By Amy Baker April 8, 2013

belleoftopsail1Recently, my husband and I, along with several of the Treasure Realty Rentals staff, participated in a two hour Dinner Cruise and Pirate Show aboard The Belle of Topsail. Our early season cruise was a “dress rehearsal” for the pirates, many of whom are new this year to the crew of the pirate ship, The Raven.

During a leisurely tour down the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with fun tunes, drinks, and dinner, our Captain made a frightful announcement; the Surf City Bridge Tender had radioed to say that a Pirate Ship had been spotted in the waters around Topsail! Not long afterward, our pleasant cruise was waylaid by The Raven and a band of five scurvy pirates!

belleoftopsail2Our landlubber efforts to deter the buccaneers with water cannons proved futile. In the process, some of our passengers were soaked by the pirates’ return “fire,” or rather, water. Before we knew what had happened, The Raven’s crew was commandeering our vessel while several of the swashbucklers boarded abaft!

Once aboard The Belle, the pirates paraded around the upper deck with lots of pomp and circumstance, flashing various weapons and sounding their typical boisterous, “Aargh!” After Capt. David Luther and a couple of passengers were tied up, several menacing threats were issued until Capt. Luther was sufficiently swayed to hand over the treasure he’d found on Topsail.

belleoftopsail3Luckily the Belle’s Captain is quite an old salt, so this wasn’t his first encounter with pirates. After some clever parleying, Capt. Luther managed to convince them to share some of their newly pilfered booty with The Belle’s passengers before the sated scallywags slinked back to their sinister ship!

Fortunately, no one was harmed during the harebrained banter, and it appeared that a fun time was had by all. After both boats returned to the dock in Surf City, passengers were invited to have their pictures taken with the pirates aboard The Raven.

belleoftopsail4(Our very own, Sonya Kennedy is pictured right with some of the wild and wanton crew.)

While the passengers on our voyage were all adults, The Belle of Topsail has much to offer all ages–including families with children, corporate groups, wedding parties, and more.

This summer, The Belle will also host one hour pirate cruises, scenic cruises, dinner cruises, and of course the “Dinner and a show” cruise. You can see more details on The Belle of Topsail website or check out their Facebook page.

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North Topsail Beach Renourishment Complete: North End is Saved

Hooray! North Topsail Beach’s North End is Saved…for now at least!
February 25, 2013
By Amy Baker

Before and After
As we look toward a fast approaching vacation rental season on N. Topsail Beach, both residents and vacationers have much for which to be grateful this year. Most of the northern tip of the island appeared to be sinking under the tide before and definitely after Hurricane Sandy came through in late October of 2012. (See photo below of some homes on the north tip.) Thus, the arrival of Marinex Construction and the dredge, Savannah, in mid-November was a welcomed sight for many.

From thanksgiving until roughly the middle of January, Marinex crews dredged approximately 566,244 cubic yards of sand from the New River Inlet Channel and pumped it onshore. According to a recent press release from the town, this effort increased the channel’s depth to 17 feet and its width to 500 feet. The course sand from the inlet was pumped up onto about a mile and a half stretch of beach on the north end, to renourish and extend the beach about 170 feet seaward. (See before and after photos around the Reef condos and the St. Regis below.)

Success—Both Short and Long Term
From the north tip down to just south of the Shipwatch Villas, the improvement is plain for all to see, (as reflected in the aerial photos, courtesy of Aero Photo, here).

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However, the project’s success was recently confirmed by project engineer, Robert Neal of Coastal Planning and Engineering (CP&E), the firm responsible for designing the project. He says, “the initial realignment was a successful venture that came not a moment too soon. The erosion protection is evident for the structures severely threatened prior to construction. I’m also confident future performance will show additional recreational and erosion mitigation benefits created by realigning the channel.”

At a town meeting held earlier this month, Mr. Neal recommended boaters use caution in the inlet, since it is not the same as it was last summer. As of the February 7th town hall meeting, the coast guard had been surveying the area, but markers had not yet been moved to reflect the changes. However, it is likely that they will be repositioned soon.

Of course the channel’s realignment was only the first phase of CP&E’s five phase plan to “bring the town into compliance with FEMA’s requirements for an engineered beach.” What 4does this mean? Good News! The Town of North Topsail Beach “will now be eligible for federally funded beach restoration caused by major storm events.”

Protecting and preserving our beaches here is important for both the local and state economy. As NTB Mayor, Dan Tuman (pictured right), said,

“Not only do they [wide sandy beaches] afford our residents and visitors with recreation and access to the ocean, they also protect our properties from storm damage. Economically, they attract visitors from all over the country and globe.” Furthermore, “beaches that are nourished save money for the Federal and State government and avoid the stress and misery associated with the destruction of private property and public infrastructure. A State shoreline protection program is wise public policy and is needed in North Carolina.”

What’s Next?
Since phase one is complete, the next step is monitoring. From now through September of this year, Mr. Neal will be observing the potential impacts of the realignment on Onslow Beach (pictured below) (which he thinks will be minimal) and along the north end of Topsail Island. He plans to share a report with the town board sometime in September, and follow up by June 2014.

5This monitoring will help engineers predict the best timing for the next phase of renourishment, which will probably be about four years from now. According to Mr. Neal, it is possible that we will be able to wait a little longer, however.

Currently, the town is working with Peter A. Ravella (PAR) Consulting, LLC., a beach financing consulting firm, on how they can finance the remaining phases of the project. Hopefully, a portion of the funds will come from the State and Onslow County, since both of these entities will benefit from the project. More details about this are available on-line.

Southern Sand Push
In the meantime, the Board of Aldermen did approve a town funded sand push for more southern portions of the Town’s shoreline, which should be completed by April 1, 2013. For more details about that check out the town’s website.

Hopefully, all of the town’s efforts to nourish our beaches will prove fruitful in the months and years ahead. For now, we are extremely grateful for all that has been done and all that is in the works, so to speak. We want to express our special thanks to Marinex Construction, CP&E and Mr. Robert Neal, as well as the Board of Alderman and all who have helped to make this project a reality.

We look forward to seeing you and your families enjoying a wider beach at the north end this summer!

NC Beach Vacations: Life Is A Day At The Beach Part 2

NC Beach Vacations: Golf, Fishing, Shopping, Sun and Fun – SO Much to Do – Part 2 – Read Part 1

While the primary focus of your NC beach vacation probably will be and should be the BEACH, some of the biggest adventures and most exciting thrills and chills NC has to offer take place off the nearest sandy beach. The good news is that there is plenty to see, do, and experience on your NC beach vacation. In fact, there is so much going on in NC that you should be able to keep everyone in your family, group, etc. happy and entertained.

North Shore Country ClubPlaying Golf On Your Beach Getaway
The Grand Strand refers to a stretch of beach that is a little over sixty miles long, and is home to some of the best golfing and resorts on the entire eastern seaboard. In fact, this stretch of land is home to more than one hundred golf courses! It’s a golf lover’s dream. The problem, when interested in playing excellent golf while on a NC beach vacation isn’t finding a great game of golf. It’s deciding which amazing course you want to play first. Here are a few you might want to keep in mind.

Vacationing on Topsail island and want to play some world class golf? No problem…. Try these 3 challenging and well conditioned layouts all within minutes of the beaches:

North Shore Country Club

Olde Pointe Golf ClubOlde Pointe Golf And Country Club

Castle Bay Golf

If you’re vacationing in Sunset Beach, Holden Beach or Ocean Isle, the following courses are some we suggest you try as they are all sure to please.

The Pearl
Links golf lovers will have plenty to love when playing The Pearl. There are two 18-hole golf courses: The Pearl-East and The Pearl-West. Each one is a championship quality course, designed by Dan Maples, for the purpose of testing the mettle of every golfer that plays them—no matter how much experience and/or talent you have on the links. There’s also a full service pro shop and practice facilities available.

Sea Trail Golf Courses
There are three golf courses in the Sea Trail family of golf courses. Each one brings a different challenge, pace, and atmosphere to the game. Each course carries the name of the world-renowned designer that was the driving force behind it. Rees Jones Golf Course, Willard Byrd Golf Course, and Dan Maples Golf Course each offer unique experiences that are well worth playing.

The Big Cats Golf Courses
If you’re looking for something a little less civilized—like the primal game of golf you know is out there somewhere, then you need to look no further than one of the amazing Big Cats Golf Courses. The courses include Panther’s Run Golf Links, Jaguar’s Lair Golf Club, Lion’s Paw Golf Links, Tiger’s Eye Golf Links, and Leopard’s Chase Golf Links. These represent some of the finest golf the East Coast has to offer and some of the best you’re going to find in and around The Grand Strand.

Fishing on Your NC Beach Vacation
So you’re through with golf now and want to catch a little dinner… sounds good and why not? Many people dream of catching the big fish while on vacation. If you play your cards right, you can do exactly that on your NC beach vacation. Whether you decide to participate in fishing the sound, from a rental boat or from the pier, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to create a few tall fish tales of our own while on vacation in NC. You might also choose to turn your attention to the ocean and the fine fishing it represents from one of the many fishing piers throughout the region or deep-sea charter boats.  There are several piers throughout the region to choose from. Many of them are open year round as well as around the clock if charter boats aren’t in the budget or you’d rather stick a little bit closer to the shore.

Here are a few links you might want to explore that can help you find more information about Fishing the North Carolina Coast

Topsail Island Fishing

Fishn’ Topsail Blog
Reel Adventures Charters
Jolly Roger Fishing Pier

Sunset Beach Fishing

Sunset Beach Pier
Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Center

Outer Banks Fishing

Fishing The Outer Banks
Fishing Corolla NC
GodSpeed Charters

Shopping Adventures Along The North Carolina Coast
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a little world-class shopping during your NC beach vacations too. While it may not be an Olympic sport, there are definitely some Olympic-sized shopping options in the area. These opportunities include: a wide range of trendy and fun boutique shops on the Outer Banks, Tanger Outlets in nearby Myrtle Beach, and also in Wilmington, NC. Additionally all of the NC beaches have quaint shops filled with unusual and oftentimes one of a kind items. Topsail Island for instance has lots of locally owned shops to explore and if you do prefer larger outlets and chains, then Wilmington is just minutes form the Topsail island beaches.

Here are a couple of really neat places to explore on Topsail Island:

Mias Of Topsail Island

Carolina Decor and More
And here are a couple of neat shops in Sunset Beach:

Island Breeze

Sunset Beach Trading Company

No matter which beach you choose for your getaway, please know that there are many, many shops like these to explore all up and down the North Carolina coast so if shopping is your thing, you’re going to love the NC Beaches.

Sun and Fun on NC Beaches
Of course the beaches of NC are the main attraction for any beach getaway in North Carolina. It’s important to set aside a little time in your jam-packed schedule to simply sit back and enjoy the beaches. Whether your idea of enjoying a day at the beach involves a good book, sand pail and shovel, or a nice big bag for gathering seashells, you should plan to spend at least part of your day at the beach. There are simply too many ways to enjoy the beach to leave this important vacation experience off the itinerary.

NC beach vacations can be fun for everyone in the entire family or group. Just make sure to budget carefully and plan ahead in order to avoid potential meltdowns and letdowns once you arrive. A little time, research, attention and a phone call or two before you leave can save everyone a lot of headache and heartache once you arrive. More importantly, it can give you the perfect excuse to let your hair down, relax and really have a great time while on vacation.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this article and found it helpful. If you have, please help us spread the word by clicking one of the sharing links below and share this with your friends. The next installment of this series is going to be primer on choosing the best rental home for your family or group. Look for the next installment early next week.

North Topsail Beach Renourishment Project – Update 12/24/2012

A Quick Update on the NTB Channel Realignment and Renourishment Project

By Amy Baker
December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our owners and guests!

I imagine many of you are busy finishing your Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, trimming your trees, and spending time with friends and family. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, I hope that this will indeed be a very merry and bright season for you and yours, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

With that in mind, I thought I would share a clip from one of my favorite Christmas movies—about the meaning of Christmas:  Enjoy!

More on Issues yet to Be Resolved
Before the holiday, I wanted to share a quick update on the NTB Channel realignment and beach renourishment project.

Unfortunately, the issues I mentioned in my last blog have yet to be fully resolved. However, per a recent email from Interim Town Manager, Carin Faulkner, here is what we know as of Thursday, December 20, 2012:

moat- Robert Neal, the project manager from Coastal Planning and Engineering, is exploring some remedies to address the “gully” left behind the north end houses and the “moat” behind the Topsail Reef condos. (See photo of the “moat” left.) He is working on a proposal that could require action by our Town’s board.

- The Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is dredging now also—separate from the town’s efforts.  The town has not heard from the NC Attorney General’s office about whether the sand that the ACOE is pumping can be stockpiled for use under structures at the north end, but Mr. Neal presumes that their answer will likely be “no.”

- NTB town staff has been directed to work with CAMA to see if the town can get a general permit to cover the north end properties in regards to restoration and the placing of sand beneath structures. If this is possible, the town will notify property owners.

- The contractors involved in any additional work near structures may require a “hold harmless” agreement from property owners.

- With those things in mind, owners might want to update their contact information with the town. You can take care of that online; just click here!

- In the meantime, property owners who wish to place sand or do anything to restore their property to its former state, need to contact CAMA (Jason Dail—910-796-7221) to acquire the appropriate permits.

Almost finished?
At the last public meeting held about the project on December 13, attenders learned from Mr. Neal that it is very probable that at the current schedule, the dredging will be completed by the end of this year!
Once the construction/grading has been finished (in early January), it is likely that the construction crew will pull material from the recently constructed dunes into the gully areas to reduce the ponding effect behind the houses on the north tip. Mr. Neal said that he felt confident this issue could be resolved before the contractor leaves.

As of December 21, 2012, the crews are now in front of building one at the St. Regis. Apparently, construction has been halted for the holidays.  (See photos and video below.)

You can click each image to view a larger photo…

 

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If you haven’t read the first 2 articles about the North Topsail Beach Renourishment Project, click the links below:
Update 1
Update 2

We wish everyone a very Merry and safe Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year!  See you in 2013!

 

The Maritime Mini-Mountains of N. Topsail Beach: Beach Renourishment Continues

By Amy Baker December 10, 2012
Castles in the Sand

If you are like me, then you have some fond childhood memories of building castles in the sand on Topsail Island. Every September since I can remember, my father’s side of the family (aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc.) has come to Topsail Island for a family vacation/reunion. One of my favorite things about this beach has always been playing in the sand—whether my siblings and I were feeling for sand fiddlers, combing the shore for shells, or building castles.

Now as an adult who is privileged to live on the north end of the island, I am passionate about protecting it for my family’s enjoyment and for the enjoyment of countless families who come here year after year looking to build their own castles. I would like to know that our beach will continue to provide an environment conducive for sea turtle nests as well. (If you have never seen the hatch-lings come alive and make their way to the ocean, it is truly an awesome sight to behold!

Yesterday, my husband and I witnessed some serious “castle building” just in front of the Topsail Reef condos at the north end. Actually, it looked more like little maritime North Topsail Beach Renourishmentmountains growing higher and higher as we watched the dredge and the bulldozers at work. In a relatively short period of time, (less than two weeks), the Marinex Construction crew responsible for the renourishment and realignment project has built the beach up and out from the northern tip south to building 7 at the Reef.

Promises (and Pains) of Progress
Bright lights, back up “beeps,” and the growl of heavy equipment are all part of running a safe operation, but they have no doubt been an inconvenience to some during this project. As project manager, Tom Payne, promised in an earlier interview, his crews have been working around the clock to get the job done. They and we appreciate the patience of residents and guests during this time.

The reclamation (sandbagging) project that took place at the Reef this summer and early fall was also inconvenient, but it provided the necessary protection to all of the buildings. The beach renourishment now underway makes the Reef’s efforts (and the inconveniences) endured seem all the more worthwhile.

Ask the Engineer: “Sacrificial Sand”
Curious to know more about the science behind the design, I recently, attended a public meeting at the town hall, where Robert Neal, the project engineer from Coastal Planning and Engineering, explained more about Phase I of the project. According to Mr. Neal, this phase of the project will extend down to the area in front of Bay Court, and could be completed as early as mid-January. Using what Mr. Neal calls “sacrificial sand” dredged from the channel, which is being realigned closer to its original position, the crew will create an approximately 180 feet extension to the shoreline. This sand will not stop erosion trends, but it will slow the erosion. Instead of the ocean claiming the sand that forms our infrastructure, about a third of this “sacrificial sand” will go in its place.

(For a weekly updated schedule, see the NTB website or Click here to download a .pdf file of latest update.)

The dunes constructed will be approximately 25 feet wide with an elevation of 14 feet, (so since NTB
is at an elevation of about 6 feet already, the dunes would be roughly 8 feet high). On the landward side, it will look like the dunes are higher though. Of course, the crews cannot add to existing dunes with vegetation, but they will build the beach out in front of these dunes. Their work in front of the Reef (pictured above) is a good example.
At the conclusion of the town meeting held November 29, 2012, there were three outstanding issues that Mr. Neal highlighted.

1) Primarily, there was concern from townspeople and some of the board about the gulley problem created by the state’s regulations which would not permit the crew to N. Topsail Renourishmentpush dredged sand underneath structures on the beach. (see photo to right)
2) There was a design issue regarding the 4 feet dunes being developed at the N. Tip versus the original 8 feet design.
3) The Corp of Engineers’ project and the possibility of coordinating with them in this effort.

Possibilities
From recent communication with Interim Town Manager, Carin Faulkner, it looks like the gulley issue is being deliberated and the town is awaiting a response from the state. However, “the town was told that fill could be placed ‘up to the structures,’ and Mr. Neal is working with CAMA on the definition of that,” said Faulkner. Robert Neal will also coordinate with Marinex Construction on the logistics and legalities.

More information about this issue will hopefully be available at the next public meeting to be held December 13, 2012 at 10:00AM at the Town Hall. If you cannot make it to this meeting, another one is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 2012, same time, same place.

Seeing is Believing
I know not all of you will be able to come and see the work in progress, but hopefully you can make the journey sometime in 2013, and see the difference for yourself when the work is completed. Honestly, it is quite fascinating to watch them at work and to see what they have already accomplished in under two weeks. If you do plan to visit during construction, you might want to hurry. If progress continues as it has been, crews are likely to be finished much earlier than the March 31, 2013 deadline.

More to Come
Be sure to keep checking in; as progress continues, I will be posting updates. Please feel free to ask questions or comment below. Thanks for your feedback.