The Hurricane Matthew dune restoration project, which occurred in North Topsail Beach’s Phase 5, was completed on April 1, 2020. The $5.4 million project was funded through FEMA for damages sustained during Hurricane Matthew. Another $1.6 million from the state was used to extended the project, resulting in the complete restoration of all dunes from the Surf City line to the 4300 block of Island Dr. (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Map showing length of dune restoration and beach access locations. The blue line along beach indicates scope of project. Complete map here.
During the August 2019 regular Board of Aldermen meeting, the project contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten. Starting on December 2, 2019, a fleet of trucks dropped off about 150 loads per day for a total of 242,912 cy of sand from S.T. Wooten’s plant in Wilmington. Beach access points at Gray St. and 2nd Ave. were used during the project. The 2nd Ave. crossover has been rebuilt and is open to foot traffic.
Dune Restoration by the Numbers:
5.2 miles of dunes restored
242,912 cy of sand hauled in
4 months total to complete
Figure 2. Truck dumping sand on beach for dune restoration.
Due to the size of the project, many dune crossovers were partially buried. If property owners feel that modifications to their crossover are required to maintain accessibility, they have two options:
1) Attach a ship’s ladder to an existing piling or post at the top of the dune. This option does not require a CAMA permit.
2) Extend the crossover. This option requires a CAMA permit from NCDEQ.