Long Live the Beach
Renourishment is a consistent and necessary factor of life in southeastern North Carolina.
Generally speaking, it involves the (re)placement of sand and sediment along the beach. It can also include dune vegetation planting to help reinforce the dunes and berms.
The Benefits of Beach Nourishment
- Rebuilds dunes and berms lost due to storms and natural erosion
- Replaces and widens existing beaches
- Protects the communities and infrastructures along the shorelines
In other words, beach nourishment ensures that we all have beaches to enjoy from summer to summer, year after year. With Brunswick County, North Carolina beaches in particular, forms of nourishment are used to deepen and widen the paths used by cargo ships as they travel up the coast to the ports of Wilmington.
Information and Resources
While most local projects are coordinated during the off season, and/or outside of turtle nesting season, Margaret Rudd & Associates is aware that projects can impact guest vacation plans. As a result, we hope to provide you with information and resources regarding current and/or ongoing nourishment projects to help you plan your best beach vacation.
- The Current - Reach about all of the current news and events with the Town of Oak Island's monthly newsletter.
- Beach Nourishment Master Plan - Learn about the recently approved Beach Nourishment Master Plan for the Town of Oak Island.
- Dune Information - Helping to secure our dune and berm structures is everyone's responsbility. Learn how you can help.
**Please note that the best way to ensure a long life for our beaches, and that projects are completed in a timely manner, is to stay clear of all work zones and to not walk over the dunes. Our responsibility as residents and visitors is to help ensure that the dunes do not experience negative impacts which could significantly alter their protective nature for our coast.
There are currently no active beach nourishment projects involving sand distribution or pumping.
Having vegetation planted along the dune structure will protect the new dunes from natural threats and will help deter unaware beachgoers from walking over them (which is prohibited).
Project Bullet Points
- When: June 2021
- What: Planting of vegetation along the newly constructed dune areas. Planting will occur along the top and landward sides of the new dunes and will tie into existing emergency sand berms. The process should also replace any existing vegetation that was covered during the construction of the new dunes.
- Where: Along the island, planting will ocur along the top and landward sides of the new dunes to tie into the existing sand berms.
- Possible Impacts: Impacts to guests should be minimal as beachgoers are not to access the beach or walk on the areas in which they are planting. For information on how to access the beach during your stay, please read the section below entitled Direct Beach Access.
Direct Beach Access
- On the East end of the island, you may access the beach through shared access pathways at intervals of approximately 180 feet or by using any of the many public beach access points.
- On the West end of the island, you may access the beach using the direct access from your oceanfront property or off to the side of your oceanfront property through the single or shared parthway marked by a post and rope system, reflective posts and/or a mat. Guests staying 2nd row or farther back will need to access the beach using one of the many public beach access points along the island.
Please note that dune protection is provided under Town Ordinance and violation of the rules listed below can result in warning and citations with fines starting at $100. Due to numerous recent violations, the Town will monitor the beach using video and drone surveillance. Beachgoers found in violation will be asked through the drone loudspeaker to relocate. If beachgoers comply and move to an appropriate area, the drone will proceed down the island. Beachgoers who do not comply will have their images taken and the authorities will be contacted.
The Town of Oak Island needs your help in ensuring an enjoyable beach experience for everyone. With that said, please follow the Town's full list of rules as shown below.
Help Protect the Dunes
- Do not walk, run, play, climb or other traffic of any kind on or across the dunes and berms, except in the designated areas.
- Do not bring glass containers on the beach or in the beach access areas.
- Do not place beach equipment, personal property, or other obstructions within 15 feet of an emergency vehicle access, and ten feet of marked sea turtle nests.
- Remove all gear (including chairs, canopy frames and all personal items) brought onto the beach at the end of the day, or by 8:30pm. All unattended items left between 8:30pm and 7:00am will be removedand can be recovered by paying a $50 fine to the Town of Oak Island.
- Use only the designated walkways, pathways and access locations to get to the beach.
- Leave the beach better than you found it! Remove all trash completely from the beach area - containers are provided at all Town beach access locations.
- Fill and level ALL holes prior to leaving for the day. This ensures the safety of others and the nesting sea turtles.
- Keep ALL dogs on a lease at ALL times between March 16th and October 15th.
Please remember that the Oak Island Police Department is empowered to enforce the ordinance through civil citations of up to $500 per offense.