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Current Status

Phase II Nourishment (Hurricane Florence) 

  • Timeline: February 20 (BEGIN) - April 6 (END)
  • While on-beach sand distribution had been previously scheduled to begin around 6th Pl E and head west, due to forecasted conditions and the layout of the project area, the contractor has made the decision to now begin sand distribution at approximately 100’ east of 48th Place West.  Sand distribution will begin at this location and head east until reaching 39th Pl W; after which crews will return to 48th Place West and proceed westward towards The Point. Further direction updates beyond that will be provided in the coming days.
  • At current schedule, active dredging and on-beach sand distribution operations are expected to begin by February 20, 2022 and end by April 6, 2022 , with removal of equipment from the beach areas completed by April 14, 2022. 

  • Contractors have begun placing distribution pipeline and staging heavy equipment along the areas of West Beach Drive, between 51st Pl W and 48th Pl W. The Beach Access Location at 51st Pl W remains CLOSED, 48th PL W is still open.

Use the interactive map below to track the progress of the current Renourishment Project:

2020-2021 Renourishment Project Map

What to Expect in Work Areas

  • WATER: The project will utilize several boats of various sizes, including barges, dredges, tug and tow boats, as well as small observation boats and floating platforms. All of these vessels will be easily visible from the shore, and may project some sound from their engines and pumps. Most notable of these is the dredge boat. This will be a "Hopper Style" dredge, meaning it will have a large scoop that digs sand from the ocean floor and places it into a container, or "hopper," where it is then transported through a short pipeline to the work zones on the beach areas.
  • BEACH: The dredged sand will be delivered onto the beach by large pipes, which will be placed in work zones about 1,000ft long, that are closed off to the public. Work zones should only be closed off for a period of a few days at a time, as the project moves along the beach, and will be reopened as soon as sand distribution is completed. Inside the work zones sand will be moved and shaped by large, heavy equipment, which can include bulldozers, front-end loaders, pipe movers, excavators, and commercial trucks. In addition, the site may also house a large mobile observational tower (called a "C.R.A.B."), as well as mobile offices, equipment containers, spare pipeline, and vehicle accessories.
  • NOISE: Like any construction site THIS WILL BE NOISY, and may feature constant sounds of machinery, diesel engines, generators running, pipeline pumping sounds, vehicles driving, and personnel moving. Noise should move with the work zone and only last for the few days it is in each area.
  • VIBRATION: In addition, GROUND VIBRATION from the large equipment, may be felt in the immediate areas surrounding work zones. As with the noise, this should only be felt in the immediate area of a work zone, and will move with the project.

How to Access the Beach

The Town of Oak Island and the Town of Caswell Beach offer a combined 67 public beach access locations across the island. Each access differs in size and visual appearance varying from pedestrian-only pathways to large accesses with ample parking and emergency vehicle accessibility. Scattered throughout the Town of Oak Island are mobi-mats that assist those with limited mobility. Almost all public beach accesses, typically found at a street end, are marked with familar post-and-rope. A series of public accesses along Ocean Drive, close to the Oak Island Fishing Pier, are not marked with post and rope but provide clear pathways to the beach. 


Similarly, a series of 130 total shared access pathways line the beach and offer direct beach access to oceanfront properties along East Beach Drive and West Beach Drive. Placed approximately every 60 yards, these shared accesses are marked with post-and-rope to provide guidance on where to safely and legally access the beach. 


With nearly 200 combined legal pathways to access the beach, walking, climbing or standing on the dunes otuside of a legal access is prohibited and montitored closely by town employees. These guidelines are put in place to help you be a good patron to our beach so we can preserve it for future generations to come. 

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