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…

















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!


5 Replies to “North Topsail Beach Renourishment Project – Update 12/24/2012”

  1. I have been coming to North Topsail Island for a few years and love it. We stay at the St. Regis. Do you have any pictures of the beach and the way it looks now? I am concerned that there isn’t any beach to sit on at high/low tide.
    Thank you,

  2. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, you will notice a drastic difference on the beach in front of the St. Regis–even at high tide. There will be plenty of room for relaxing on the shore there this summer! You can really see the improvement in the aerial photos on the town’s website:

    I am working on the final blog, since the project is now complete; I will try to include some photos of the beach in front of the St. Regis for you. 🙂 You can look for it early next week. Please let us know how we can assist you in planning your 2013 visit to Topsail: 800-762-3961.


  3. I am wondering if the North Topsail Beach Re-nourishment project is past 3060 Island Dr. If not can you tell me what to expect. I will be coming down the first week in June and want to be prepared, especially with 7 children who are expecting to spend a lot of time on the beach.

    1. Pam, I just saw this comment and I sent it to those in the rental department who would know the answer to your question. They are keeping up with the situation and will know!

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