New rule proposal could bring larger sandbags to Bald Head, Caswell Beach

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Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY (STAR NEWS)– A proposed N.C. Department of Coastal Management (DCM) rule could soon allow the governments of Bald Head Island and Caswell Beach to put large sand bags on their coast.

During its November meeting, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) approved a fiscal analysis for a proposal that would create a new State Ports Inlet Management Area of Environmental Concern category. According to DCM, the proposal is expected to have the most impact on Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island’s South and West Beaches.

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The change would allow the governments to apply for sandbags or geotubes to protect dunes, structures or infrastructure that could be threatened by erosion within six months while also allowing the use of the larger tubes. Current rules say only buildings, roads and septic systems threatened by erosion can be protected, and then only with the comparably smaller sandbags.

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