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Coast Guard says drownings are up in 5th District

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The US Coast Guard 5th District is emphasizing safety on the water following 40 drownings that occurred from northern New Jersey to southern North Carolina this summer. Full story...
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Oak Island beaches to continue welcoming dogs

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video A huge turnout at Tuesday night's meeting led the Oak Island Town Council to make a decision about banning dogs on the beach. Full story...
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Sunset Beach death raises safety questions

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videoIt's a question that comes up this time of year. How safe are our beaches? After several drownings at Brunswick County beaches in 2013, lifeguards became a hot topic. But, the town never implemented them. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach dredging project likely to last into mid-June

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videoWork to replenish sand at Wrightsville Beach will last longer than expected. Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens says the contractor handling the dredging project and the Army Corps of Engineers have asked for an extension to finish the work. Full story...
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Congress extends Carolina Beach renourishment funding

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videoBeach renourishment at Carolina Beach will continue to get federal help through the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) announced overnight. Full story...
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NC scientists to issue 30-year sea level forecast

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videoA North Carolina commission has decided to ask scientists to only make a 30-year prediction of how fast the ocean will rise off the state's coast. Full story...
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Quarter-cent sales tax increase fails in Brunswick County, BHI approves beach bond

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There will be no quarter-cent sales tax increase in Brunswick County, but voters in Bald Head Island did approve bonds to protect the island's beaches. Full story...
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Latest winter storm leaving mark on area beaches

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videoFour consecutive days of wind and rain have taken a toll on area beaches. The force of Mother Nature is in full effect as the storm surge has pushed in sweeping about two to three feet of sand out to sea from Kure Beach. Full story...
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Gill net setback to take effect on NC coast Sunday

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State officials are set to enforce a rule which establishes a 100-yard gill net setback from most North Carolina ocean beaches to protect bottlenose dolphins. Full story...
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Proposed sea turtle protections could mean more red tape for beaches

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videoSome federal agencies are stepping up and proposing new ways to protect loggerhead sea turtles. But the possible new regulations are getting strong opposition from area beaches. Full story...
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Brunswick Co. beach businesses report successful summer

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video It's the unofficial end of summer, and business owners in Brunswick County say it's been one of the best they have seen in years. Full story...
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HAPPENING TODAY: Feds holding hearing on loggerheads habitat

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding another public hearing on designating hundreds of miles of beaches along the Southeast and Gulf costs as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Wednesday's hearing in Wilmington is the second this week on the designation for 750 miles of shoreline. Full story...
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Sunset Beach to hold special meeting on beach safety

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Sunset Beach leaders will hold a special meeting next week to discuss about beach safety. The town council has scheduled the meeting for Monday at 3 p.m. at Town Hall. Full story...
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State budget would change environmental commissions

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The proposed North Carolina budget would change the way two environmental commissions operate, ending the terms of nearly all the members on both the Environmental Management Commission and the Coastal Resources Commission by July 31. Full story...
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Senate approves terminal groin restrictions

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videoA bill passed in the Senate today puts major restrictions on permanent terminal groins along the coast. Other regulations have to do with the maintenance of these structures. Full story...
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