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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Beach Nourishment

Beach Nourishment Update

North End Sand Haul Progress Map March 3, 2020

On Wednesday, February 19th NCDEQ held a public meeting at the Surf City Welcome Center to address concerns from town residents regarding accessways to the beach after the sand haul/emergency berm installation. It was determined that NCDEQ would only allow for the construction of temporary accessways over the newly constructed berm.

Temporary accessways are defined aS: 15A NCAC 07K.0207 STRUCTURAL ACCESSWAYS OVER FRONTAL DUNES EXEMPTED

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission hereby exempts from the CAMA permit requirements all structural pedestrian accessways over frontal dunes which can be shown to meet the following criteria:

The accessway must not exceed six feet in width and must be for private residential or for public access to an ocean beach. This exemption does not apply to accessways for commercial use or for motor-powered vehicular use.

The accessway must be constructed so as to make no alterations to the frontal dunes that are not necessary to construct the accessway. This means that wherever possible the accessway must be construction over the frontal dune without any alteration of the dunes. In no case shall the dune be altered so as to significantly diminish its capacity as a protective barrier against flooding and erosion. Driving of pilins into the dune shall not be considered alteration of a frontal dune for the purpose of this Rule.

The accessway shall conform with any applicable local or state building code standards.

Before beginning any work under this exemption the CAMA local permit officer or Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources representative must be notified or the proposed activity to allow on-site review of the proposed accessway. Notification can be by telephone, in person, or in writing and must include:

Name, address, and telephone number of landowner and location of work including county and nearest community:

The dimensions of the proposed structural accessway.

Understanding the various needs and a “one size does not fit all” approach, NCDEQ staff is open to accepting new design ideas. The Town of Surf City is now taking submissions for temporary accessway designs through Friday, February 28th. Please submit your designs to no later than Friday, February 28th. As soon as we can get confirmation on the approved designs, we’ll post these back on the website and through other media outlets so that you can begin implementing the temporary measures.

We understand your frustrations as we too are facing the same challenges; we ask that you submit your design by Friday and we will be in touch as soon as we hear back with the approved options. Thank you

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