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North Topsail waiting on re-nourishment plans

North Topsail residents deal with beach erosion every storm and every year. Even after years of planning North Topsail residents may have to wait another year for the town to further plans to re-nourish their beach. The Board of Alderman of North Topsail Island has been planning to get a full-scale beach re-nourishment project off the ground for about four years. But after committee hold ups and funding issues, North Topsail residents may have to wait a little longer for their beach to get some needed attention. After years of beach erosion from hurricanes some homes on north Topsail Island have been left vacant. And the solution seems just as difficult to find today as when the board started to look into this problem four years ago. As of Monday the Board of Alderman has suspended any future beach re-nourishment projects. The committee blames slow progress, and now the town board says a full beach re-nourishment project can't get off the ground until they hire a new committee and figure out how much that will cost. Some local residents say something needs to be done -- and sooner than later. North Topsail resident L.J. Jones Jr. said, "I know when I first moved into the reef we had a good 50 yards at high tide and now we're down to like 20 feet. So it's a lot of slippage, our pools have fallen into the ocean my stairs fell off into the ocean; it's a losing battle right now." The board plans to begin hiring a new committee by late April. If the town board can find and hire a new beach preservation committee, it hopes to have beach re-nourishment projects begin as early as next year.

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