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Cape Lookout Beach and Sand Nourishment Project Public Comment Extended

The proposed beach nourishment part of the project is for the soundside beach where historic structures are vulnerable to erosion. Image: Corps

Posted on May 19, 2023

Heavy shoaling has created a challenging water course for ferries that carry tens of thousands of visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore where iconic structures, including the lighthouse, are being threatened by erosion.

Now, for the first time in more than a decade, the National Park Service hopes to unclog two channels — Lighthouse Channel and U.S. Coast Guard Channel — that passenger ferries and private boaters use to access the park and place the material that is dredged onto the soundside beach in front of the lighthouse compound. The public has until June 8 to comment on the plan.

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