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A Sand Dune Pushing Update for the Town of Oak Island

Following the impacts of Hurricane Isaias in August 2020, the dunes on Oak Island are in a state of repair.  An immediate rebuilding effort, involving the pushing of sand with bulldozers was completed in early October.  While this helped provide immediate protection, there are still more long-term efforts underway nearing its completion in the coming weeks.


Current Status

Sifting Project: On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 the Town of Oak Island began operations for the Shifting and Redistribution Project. Since then, workers using heavy machinery have steadily sifted and distributed through the towering sand pile located by Middleton Park. Through these efforts, the large pile of sand at Middleton Park and along the connecting roads between Beach and Dolphin Drive have been mostly cleared to near ground level. 

In total, nearly 1,000 truck loads containing over 30,000 cubic yards of sand have already been moved back onto the beach. Currently the project is on schedule for its original completion deadline of January 20, 2021.

Beach Access: Some beach access points remain closed because of ongoing repair projects to town infrastructure and the Sand Sifting & Redistribution.

*Please note, the Town of Caswell Beach and its beaches are not effected by this ongoing project*


Where Can I Safely and Legally Access the Beach?

The Town of Oak Island has many beach accesses that are now open to the public. Please use these accesses when going to the beach to help protect our beautiful island.

Guests may have to travel longer distances than normal to safely and legally access the beach even if they are occupying an oceanfront property.

Town of Oak Island Public Beach Accesses


Why Dunes Are Important and What Should I Do?

Long term protection of the dunes is important not only to the health of our beaches, but to the town as a whole. To help ensure that the residents, visitors, homes and businesses of our town have a stable and reliable beachfront, please be mindful of the following:

  • Stay clear of work areas
  • Do not walk on the dunes (this includes walking over dunes to access to the beach)
  • Do not dig in or around the dunes
  • Do not cut walkways or paths through the dunes
  • Do not leave trash on the beach
  • Remove all gear from the beach by 8:30 p.m. each day

Town Enforcement:  Dune protection is provided under section 14 of the Town Code of Ordinances. The Oak Island Police Department is empowered to enforce the ordinance through civil citations of up to $500.

Visitors should know that Oak Island police do enforce this ordinance when and wherever violations are observed.

*Crews will not be able to provide information or answer questions onsite; instead please direct all questions or concerns regarding the project to the Public Works department at 910-201-8083.*


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