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
“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.