North Topsail’s renourished beachfront earns award

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Topsail Reef condominiums are seen along New River Inlet Roa in North Topsail Beach, Monday afternoon. The town recently received the 2014 Best Restored Beach Award for recently completing the New River Inlet Channel Realignment project.

Photo by John Althouse/The Daily News
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM.

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH — North Topsail Beach is making waves as a winner of the 2014 Best Restored Beach Award.

The award was announced Monday by The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and comes after the town’s successful completion of the New River Inlet Channel Realignment project earlier this year. North Topsail Beach shared top honors with Aquia Landing County Park of Virgina; Cocoa Beach, Florida; and Iroquois Point Beach, Hawaii.

During Topsail’s two-month realignment project, approximately 566,244 cubic yards of sand were dredged from the New River Inlet, increasing the channel’s depth to 17 feet and width to 500 feet. With the removed sand, 1.5 miles of beach on the north end of Topsail Island was rebuilt.

North Topsail Beach funded 100-percent of the permitting and design as well as initial construction, receiving no matching funds from federal, state or county governments. Phase 1 of the project was completed by Marinex Construction at a cost of $5.6 million and was financed through the Town’s existing beach fund and special obligation bonds, according to previous reports from The Daily News.

North Topsail Beach Mayor Dan Tuman said the town’s restoration efforts will continue.

“The town is very pleased to receive the 2014 Best Restored Beach Award,” Tuman said. “However, our beach restoration efforts won’t stop. This is only phase one of a five-phase plan which will restore all 11.1 miles of the town’s shoreline. Later this year we are on track to restore 3.5 miles on the south side of town.”

Long-time North Topsail Beach resident Kathy Martin often spends time combing the beach for shells, rocks and other items of interest. After living for 11 years only a block away from the beach, Martin has developed a healthy respect for the ocean. 



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