Beach Nourishment


This week the USACE outlined details regarding the federal nourishment project, the contractor plans to start the nourishment project at the Topsail Beach town line and work north. The contract will go out for bid this summer with plans to begin construction early 2021. The first phase of the project will place 2 million cubic yards of sand. We are still awaiting approval from NCDOT on right-of-parking at two specific beach accesses along S. Shore Drive. Utilizing a template provided by the USACE, Staff utilized current and historical aerial photography to determine property status. Property status is divided into several categories based on location of the dune structure. This ultimately determines the ability of the Town to obtain the cost-share provided by the USACE. USACE staff is working on a coordinated 1 page public message that is consistent for all parties involved and includes key facts and timelines. Once we receive the official message and timelines we will release those.

The federal project is estimated to add an additional 13 million cubic yards of sand to the beach, build a new dune that is projected to be 25’ wide and 14’ high and widen the beach with a 6’ high and 300’ wide berm. Oceanfront citizens should expect to receive copies of perpetual easements within the next month. These perpetual easements will need to be signed and notarized, and the originals returned to the clerk’s office at 201 Community Center Drive or PO Box 2475 Surf City, NC 28445. Any questions can be addressed at 910-328-4131 x106.

All Oceanfront Property Owners should have received a mailed notice regarding the request for an oceanfront easement for the USACE storm mitigation project. The project is slated to place sand on ALL oceanfront properties in Surf City. This is NOT the same easement that was previously signed in 2019. This is a new easement required by USACE for the new beach nourishment project. If you have questions regarding your easements please call 910-328-4131 x106 or email This is a separate easement than those signed in 2019. ALL oceanfront property owners will need to sign the newly mailed easements and return them no later than July 10, 2020. We’ve received approximately 60% of all easements necessary for this project, so please make sure you get those in and thank you to those that have already!

Example Easement:

Dune Profile


Oceanfront owners can view their property by using the links below to view an Aerial Plat Map for each oceanfront parcel.
To find the map that corresponds with your property, please use the key below.

Aerial Plat Maps for Construction Easement Lines 
Beach Nourishment - Key