ONLINE UPDATE: Shore a concern for Wrightsville Beach

by Cole Dittmer
Friday, March 7, 2014

The passing low pressure system and large swells on Friday, March 7, caused more issues for Wrightsville's beach strand, which is due for a Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project this spring. 

At the New Hanover County Port, Waterway and Beach Commission meeting on Thursday, March 6, county shore protection coordinator Layton Bedsole said CSDR project contractor Weeks Marine will be delayed in arriving to Wrightsville Beach. 

Bedsole said the dredge for the Wrightsville Beach project was scheduled to complete a project in Morehead City before heading to Wrightsville Beach but that the dredge had not yet arrived to Morehead City. 

Wrightsville Beach town manager Tim Owens said the dredge was about three weeks behind schedule. Due to the restricted time frame a CSDR project can be completed prior to the summer sea turtle nesting season, Owens said the United States Army Corps of Engineers is talking with environmental agencies about extending the time frame to May. 

Bedsole also said the USACE was trying to have the Weeks Marine dredge currently working in Ocean Isle Beach come to Wrightsville Beach after the project there is completed. 

On Friday, Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Frank Smith said the storm surge from the rough ocean conditions made the beach strand impassible for some of the town's emergency vehicles. 

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