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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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Brunswick County beaches plagued with series of unfortunate events

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videoAfter a chain of unfortunate events, some tourists in Brunswick county are concerned about beach safety. From a deck collapsing, to several drownings, and even a shark attack, Brunswick County beaches have seen their fair share of frightening incidents. Full story...
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Four drownings this week have Brunswick Co. visitors on alert

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videoAnother drowning in Brunswick County yesterday brings the total this week to four. Randall Joyce drowned at Holden Beach after getting caught in a rip current with his family. The news has many tourists on edge. Full story...
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NC beaches rank No. 3 for water quality

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videoWe swim in some of the cleanest waters in the country, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council. A new report shows North Carolina ranks third in the nation in water quality. Full story...
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Area beaches and waterways get $24.5M in federal funds

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The State Port of Wilmington, several area beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway are getting some help in the form of federal funding. Full story...
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Report shows offshore drilling could be big business, but hurt fishing, tourism

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video Fishing and tourism are two multi-million dollar industries in North Carolina, but Dr. Mike Walden's new study says there could be even more money to be made if the coastline had a slightly different view featuring drilling wells. Full story...
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Little change in erosion on NC beaches

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There has been little change in beach erosion patterns in North Carolina over the past seven years. Full story...
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Davis measuring support for beach smoking ban

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video Rep. Ted Davis is assessing support within legislation for a bill to give New Hanover Co. beach towns the power to enforce smoking bans on the beaches. Full story...
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