officials will hold four meetings in September to gather public input
on the North Carolina Beach and Inlet Management Plan.
developed by the state environmental agency in 2011, the Beach and
Inlet Management Plan aims to preserve and enhance the value of coastal
resources through the development of a management strategy for North
Carolina’s 326 miles of oceanfront beaches and active tidal inlets.
plan divides the coastal area into five regions and four sub-regions. A
map of the regions and current plan are available online at
obtained at the public meetings will assist state officials in their
effort to update the management plan. Meeting topics will include the
collection of beach nourishment and maintenance dredging data, future
projections for beach nourishment and maintenance dredging, economic
impacts of the state’s beaches and inlets, and potential funding
Public meetings are planned for the following dates and locations:
- Sept. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brunswick Electric, 795 Ocean Highway West, Supply
- Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Hanover Government Building, Training Room A/B, 230 Government Center Dr., Wilmington
- Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores
- Sept. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jennette’s Pier Aquarium, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head
The updated Beach and Inlet Management Plan is expected to be released at the end of the year.