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Strong Winds And Surf Conditions Erode Beach Over Weekend

A section of the beach in the southern area of Kure Beach was recently renourished. Strong wind and surf conditions caused erosion over the weekend.

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PLEASURE ISLAND - Stormy weather conditions bringing strong wind and rough surf to Pleasure Island over the weekend eroded areas of the beachfront. Most notable were areas where the beach had recently been renourished.
Kure Beach Building Inspector John Batson said Tuesday that he did not have exact measurements before and after the weekend, but that escarpments were evident along the beachfront.
Robert Keistler, PE, Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District, said Tuesday that no survey had been taken.
Weeks Marine, the contractor performing the renourishment project, parked their equipment on the beach over the weekend. Waves washed ashore sometimes reaching under a bulldozer and other equipment.
Leaders in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach received good news in early December, the Army Corp of Engineers located additional funding from another project to provide $9.3 million for beach nourishment in both Towns. As a part of the federally sponsored Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project in place for the two communities, $4,681,500 will be invested on Carolina Beach and $4,635,550 will be invested on Kure Beach.
The Carolina Beach portion of the project has been delayed and an extension was granted by the State to operate past the April deadline for the sea turtle nesting season.
There will be a 30-inch pipe running along the beach from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier south to an area just past downtown Carolina Beach. As the crew works around the clock on the beach, they will move through areas as fast as possible. Those areas will be blocked off with tape. Work was expected to begin around April 21st and be finished by May 21st. The dredge for the Carolina Beach project has not yet been moved from a nearby project at Bald Head Island to the Carolina Beach Inlet to begin pumping sand. The delay was due to mechanical issues and weather conditions.
On Tuesday Keistler said a meeting was scheduled with the contractor performing the work, Weeks Marine, on Wednesday April 24, to discuss the status of the project and an updated time-line. At a recent Carolina Beach Town Council meeting Keistler said it's their hope to be off of the beach by Memorial Day weekend prior to the busy tourism season.