ONLY ON WWAY: Oak Island beach renourishment project raises concerns


OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — More than a year later and the damage from Hurricane Matthew is still affecting most of the dunes on Oak Island. The town has been working on a beach renourishment project, but some residents have questions about how well it will work.

An almost $4 million project for a small scale beach renourishment project is sparking some questions from a few Oak Island residents.

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“I mean, it’s a beach,” Oak Island resident Jackie Konoski said. “They have to do something to help with the bad weather. I just feel like they should find a more permanent project.”

Konoski moved to the shore back in April. She said she has noticed the project since her move but says she does not think it will last long enough.

“Right now there’s very little dune on Oak Island, so we’re to protect the infrastructure on the island that’s definitely needed especially with the winter storms coming up,” project engineer Johnny Martin said.

As the project continues, some residents have posted to a Facebook group for locals worried about the effect the look of the dunes will have on tourism.  The engineer working on the project said that should not be an issue.

“Our hope is ya know, over a month to two months that it will start looking more like a native beach, and so by the time tourists arrive it should like the native beach,” Martin said.

Meanwhile, Konoski hopes for an alternative that could last longer.

“I hope this situation can be solved and they can find a better and more productive way to go about this,” Konoski said.

The project is expected to be completed in March or April.

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