Long Live the Beach
The renourishment of our area beaches 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.
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.
Project Bullet Points
- When: February 2021 to May 15, 2021 with demobilization of equipment by May 26, 2021
- What: Removal of sand and sediment from offshore with redistribution slated for along the island, will reinforce dune and berms as well as widen existing beach strand
- Where: Work zones expected from SE 63rd Street heading west toward 1909 E Beach Drive (between the 22nd Place East and 109th Place East accesses), 2 additional alternate paths could take work zones to 101 E Beach Drive or Middleton Avenue
- Possible Impacts: Construction noises, disruption of direct beach access points, possible nighttime illuminations for oceanfront and 2nd row homes, limited parking
For a comprehensive description of this project including its status updates, visit the Town of Oak Island Beach Nourishment Projects webpage.
Help Protect the Dunes
- Do not walk on the dunes
- Do not dig in or around the dunes
- Do not cut walkways or paths through the dunes. Follow the marked pathways.
- Do not leave trash on the beach
- Remove all gear from the beach by 8:30pm each day
Please remember that the Oak Island Police Department is empowered to enforce the ordinance through civil citations of up to $500 per offense.