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After delays, Topsail Beach nourishment project underway

TOPSAIL BEACH -- After being delayed for several months, the Topsail beach nourishment project is finally under way. Topsail resident Kathy Hart said, "This is a good thing it can only make things better here on Topsail." Hart says the possibility of losing her sea side home makes this nourishment project mean much more. The project plans to restore up to a mile of beachfront that's been washed away in storms. Topsail resident CO Dolan says it's a shame to see what has become of his home over the years. "It doesn't put near enough back for what's being taken away, I think it runs in cycles and storms don't help, you know more people more encroachment. You can only build so close to the water, he said. State, county and town officials joined forces to get the Topsail Beach nourishment project off the ground. The $1.5 million project is aimed at cleaning out Topsail Creek, Banks Channel and the Intracoastal waterways and using the sand to restore the town's eroded shoreline. Mayor Butch Parrish says the cost of the project is well worth it. Parrish said, "It's a win, win, win project. We're reopening closed waterways, protecting the beach and creating turtle habitat, so we are really pleased with this" Mayor Parrish says pumping sand back onto the beach is the only way to buy some time until the next storm threat. "It's going to protect our investments, not only mine but specifically everyone who owns property on the beach," Parrish said. The project is expected to last for the next six weeks. Local officials will continue to work with state legislatures for more funding next year to extend the project for the entire town.

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dredging for topsail beach

The idea of dredging is great. The timing could have been better though. Consider the impact on the oyster harvest starting october 15. Stirring up sand throughout the channel and the waterway causes the oysters to end up with sand in them which really changes the way they are when you chew them and all that sand grit is grinding between the teeth. Why couldn't this have been done in the off season ( may through september ).


if memory serves correctly, the dredging is not done from May through September due to environmental impact and the annual migration of the red beaked, sear suckered summer renter.

environmental windows will

environmental windows will not allow dredging to occur at that time. i have been around plenty of dredging projects, and I can assure you that the cutterhead dredge they are using will not stir up sand in the sound. all the sand that gets agitated is immediately sucked up and off to its new home on the beach. no need to worry