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