By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The beach renourishment project for Pleasure Island is moving north to the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Work was recently completed for a portion of the project in Kure Beach. Now work will begin at the pier in Carolina Beach and progress south towards an area near the downtown Boardwalk.
The beach re-nourishment project is scheduled to be complete by April 30, 2016. Crews working for Marinex Construction Inc.Â - a contractor hired by the Army Corp of Engineers -Â recently completed work in Kure Beach, NC, south of Carolina Beach.
Work on the Kure Beach portion of the project began in January in the area of Ocean Blvd in Carolina Beach and proceeded south to an area north of the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Then work began on another section in southern Kure Beach in the area of Fort Fisher and the Air Force Recreation Area south to just before the coquina rocks.
For the southern portion of the project covering Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, sand was dredged from a site off shore using the Dredge Savannah (Ocean Certified Pipeline Dredge) to pump sand ashore using the submerged pipeline which connected to a pipe running along the beach front.
Once that work is complete crews will begin work in Carolina Beach at the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and proceed south to the area of Hamlet Avenue.
Sand will be dredged from an area in the Carolina Beach Inlet and pumped through large pipes the length of the project area.
The Town of Carolina Beach announced on February 19th,Â "Due to projected conflicts between high tide and beach re-nourishment preparations, areas north of Zone 10 in Freeman Park will be closed to vehicle access beginning February 29, 2016. No vehicle access will be permitted to this area of the beach until all beach re-nourishment activities are completed. We anticipate reopening this area in May 2016."
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction. They have authority to manage the area as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago.
There is a fee charged for vehicle access to drive on the beach front within the park. There is a separate fee for camping during the summer months.
According to Town officials starting February 29th, 2016, campsites #1 through #63 in Freeman Park will have obstructed ocean views and beach access due to the upcoming beach re-nourishment project in Carolina Beach. Piping will be positioned close to these campsites impacting the landscape and means of accessing the water. The beach re-nourishment project is scheduled to be complete by April 30, 2016. However, the piping may take longer to be removed. Please take this information into account when planning a camping trip at Freeman Park during the upcoming months. If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at (910) 458-2999. Now through May 2016, areas north of Zone 10 in Freeman Park will be CLOSED to ALL pedestrians, horseback riders, and vehicles due to projected high tides and beach renourishment dredging.
The cost for the joint Carolina Beach and Kure Beach project is $12,876,439.00. That price increased when additional sand was factored into the project.