Beach Nourishment

FEMA Public Notice - Notice of Availability of the Draft Statewide Programmatic Environmental Assessment (DSPEA)


SPEA Berm Final


USACE, N. Topsail Beach and Town Staff meet Wednesday, December 9th via WebEx to gain a status update on the federal storm mitigation project. USACE has developed a draft policy waiver for real estate acquisition and parking/access analysis waiver. This draft has been sent for comments, it is expected to be sent to district headquarters in Savannah, GA before Christmas. They expect to have the executed document by January 2021. USACE has one financial item left to update in the PPA package, they are awaiting finical cost associated with bid prices and mobilization. Those financials are expected to be in next week and then they will be forwarded to headquarters for execution. Both towns are expected to sign the financial self-certification at the first of the year. USACE has been working with US Fish & Wildlife to widen the environmental windows. Widening the environmental windows would allow contractors to dredge/place sand for a longer period of time. Currently, regulations do not allow for dredging/sand placement from the middle of April to the middle of November of each calendar year. USACE has been holding internal meetings regarding the bidding aspect of the project; rather to bid in one major contract or two contracts one for N. Topsail and one for Surf City. They are currently awaiting support and review from the district. The total volume is 12 million cubic yards and may require Outer Continental Sands (OCS). Final Construction cost, contract timeframes and sand placement windows are still under review. Staff has requested a meeting after the holidays to finalize timeframes.

The federal project is estimated to add an additional 12 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 have already turned in the perpetual easements. If you have not received your oceanfront easement please contact or 910-328-4131x106. 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.

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