Beach Nourishment - (Coastal Storm Risk Management Project)
The Town of Surf City has been planning for a beach nourishment project for many years to preserve the biggest asset of the community, which is the beach itself, and to provide protection and resiliency during and after each hurricane season. In January 2020, the Town of Surf City was awarded federal funds to complete a Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (beach nourishment).
This project will be completed through working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). They will help develop, maintain, and apply the expertise in science and engineering technology in order to reduce the risk of coastal storm damages and provide for resilience of our shoreline. This federal project will significantly increase the amount of sand on Surf City beaches by constructing a new dune that is projected to be 25 foot (ft) wide at an elevation of 15 ft above NGVD 29 and a berm with a crown width of 50 ft and a top elevation of 7 ft above NGVD 29.
WHERE WE ARE TODAY:
Town Staff and Council continue working with Colonel Benjamin Bennett from USACE to complete all required steps for a federal beach nourishment project and communicate on a weekly basis. The project had been approved by congress on the basis that it included the town of N. Topsail Beach. Their withdrawal from the project in late 2021 caused a delay and made it necessary to submit a Validation Report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) uses a Validation Report in any situation where more than 20% of the project is changing. The team has worked hard to justify the Surf City portion of the project to stand on its own. Part of the Validation Report includes updating numerous elements including costs and economic benefits of the project. The Report was generated by the Wilmington District and then sent to the South Atlantic Division for review on March 30, 2022. On June 1, 2022 we received positive feedback from the review of the validation report. You can read the press release here. Then, on August 28, 2022 we received the great news that the report was accepted and we can move forward with a Surf City stand-alone project. You can read that press release HERE! The USACE has committed to working closely with our town representatives and keeping the Town of Surf City apprised of progress on a weekly basis. You can see somewhat of a timeline summarized below.
January 13, 2023 - The Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers has received approval from the South Atlantic Division to move forward with the General Re-Evaluation Report (GRR) to officially separate Surf City from N. Topsail Beach and lay the path to move forward. The District will begin the process immediately to get this started.
Once the GRR has been completed, we'll be back on track to execute the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) and see the project go to bid and a contract awarded.
As a more firm timeline is provided we will communicate this back to the community.
November 3, 2022 - The Town received notice that the South Atlantic Division has met with Army Corps Headquarters, Planning and Construction, to discuss the Surf City project. Follow up to the meeting indicate that things are moving in the right direction, which is towards the completion of the General Re-Evaluation Report (GRR) and eventual Project Partnership Agreement.
October 20, 2022 - The USACE has indicated the South-Atlantic Division sent Headquarters a recommendation that the General Re-Evaluation Report be completed. This is the expedited report that keeps things moving forward. From the information provided, Division and Headquarters seem to be aligned in the steps moving forward. This is a step in the right direction.
August 28, 2022 - Announcement of moving forward with a Surf City only project! Read the press release here!
August 2, 2022 - The Town continues to await direction from the US Army Corps of Engineers on the federal project. The Validation Report was sent to the South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, and they are working with Headquarters to seek opportunities to move the Surf City portion of the authorized project forward. Until the Town gets the go ahead from the US Army Corps of Engineers, we remain in a holding pattern.
June 1, 2022 - USACE sent positive news from the review of the draft Validation Report and is currently discussing next steps with town representatives which includes a draft Project Partnership Agreement being presented to the Town for evaluation and approval by Town Council. There is an estimated 2024 completion date for this project.
May 11, 2022 - The Validation Report has been sent to the Division Office in Atlanta who is tasked with making final decisions. We expect to receive final word from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the end of May, 2022.
April 1, 2022 - The Wilmington District of the USACE confirmed that the Validation Report has been sent to the south Atlantic Division for review and decision. They have 60 days to make the decision on the fate of the project moving forward without North Topsail Beach included.
February 23, 2022 - Kent Tranter, PMP with the Army Corps of Engineers reported they are continuing to work on their report and are focusing on the economic analysis portion. The focus is on the March 30th deadline.
February 3, 2022 - The updated costs have been completed and have been sent to the appropriate cost center for review. The Corps remains on track to complete the report on time.
December 7, 2021 - We were honored to have Colonel Benjamin Bennett as guest at the December 7th monthly council meeting, where he spoke on the background of the Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, beginning with the approval in 2018 and gave an update. Click here to read the full meeting minutes.
OCEANFRONT PROPERTY OWNERS:
Oceanfront citizens should have already turned in the perpetual easements. If you have not received your oceanfront easement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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|