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Emerald Isle beach renovation: dredging for storm protection, habitat creation

Posted on February 6, 2024

Bulldozers are moving mounds of sand to renourish Emerald Isle Beach.

Crews with heavy machinery are building up the sand around the point of the island – and down the beach to Doe Drive.

Officials say an Army Corps of Engineers contractor is dredging 200-thousand cubic yards of sand out of the nearby waterway crossing at Bogue Inlet.

The mounds of sand shift and move with the waves and currents.

A wider and higher beach can provide storm protection for oceanfront houses and create new habitats.

Beach driving is suspended in this area until the work is done and officials say to be cautious if you’re walking along the shore.

This is being paid for through an agreement between the town – Carteret County – and the North Carolina shallow draft navigation fund.

The work should last for a few more weeks – but may be delayed due to weather.



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