ONLINE UPDATE: Sand at hand for Wrightsville Beach

by Miriah Hamrick
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wrightsville’s beaches will finally get some sand.

Equipment is mobilizing and expected to arrive at Wrightsville Beach on April 15 to complete a delayed Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project, said New Hanover County Shore Protection Coordinator Layton Bedsole during an April 9 Wilmington- New Hanover County Port, Waterway and Beach Commission meeting.

Although Weeks Marine’s cutterhead dredge will arrive in less than a week, an environmental extension for the project has yet to be officially granted.

“I have requested formal confirmation that an extension window has been approved. I have yet to see that,” Bedsole said.

Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens confirmed the extension had not been formally granted yet.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requested an extension through May 31, 2014. Beach renourishment projects must be completed before summer sea turtle nesting season begins in May.

The project is about a month behind schedule.

When the N.C. Coastal Resource Commission came to Wilmington on April 2 to gauge local perspectives on inlet management, one issue discussed was needed flexibility in the dredging time frame. Commission members discussed submitting the Wrightsville Beach CSDR project delay to the CRC as evidence to support that claim.

Bedsole noted that even a stipulated course of action for instances when work must be performed outside the window would be helpful.

“We look forward to that project getting started quickly and finishing even quicker,” Bedsole added.

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