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NC - North Topsail Beach leaves federal nourishment project; Surf City continues with plan

Surf City leaders are ready to move forward with a beach nourishment project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but their North Topsail Beach neighbors are backing away because of financial concerns.

Surf City leaders are ready to move forward with a beach nourishment project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but their North Topsail Beach neighbors are backing away because of financial concerns.

The Onslow County community will not sign a Project Partnership Agreement for the Surf City/North Topsail Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management plan, citing a massive cost increase from an earlier estimate.

On behalf of the North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen, Mayor Joan McDermon sent a memorandum to the Corps of Engineers from the Wilmington District. Along with not being able to meet a commitment deadline in early June, other reasons ranged from rising costs and additional tax issues the project will bring residents.

“For the reasons noted above, the Town of North Topsail Beach is not able to meet the deadline for project commitment of the PPA by July 6, 2021,” McDermon said. “We fully understand you will need to de-scope North Topsail Beach from the project and move forward with the Surf City portion."

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