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NC - Wrightsville Beach history: When Shell Island was a Black beach resort

In June, the Holiday Inn Sunspree resort at Wrightsville Beach unveiled a revamped look and a lengthy new name: Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort. Lumina, of course, is an homage to the fabled Wrightsville Beach pavilion of old, which was demolished in 1973.

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Energy

NC - Off the NC coast, researchers are testing how to use energy from ocean waves to make drinking water

It’s peak season at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. By 8 a.m., the pier is already lined with anglers and sightseers, and the waves below are alive with schools of fish.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

NC - Here's why North Carolina's beaches could be filled with bacteria

Researchers in Morehead City say they're seeing more fecal matter indicator bacteria in the ocean water.

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Energy

VA - Virginia regulators approve Dominion Energy's 2.6-GW, $9.8B offshore wind farm

The project will be the largest wind farm in the U.S. and the first with diversity hiring requirements, the Sierra Club noted.

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Engineering

NC - Wrightsville Beach renourishment project uncovers hundreds of thousands of tires in the ocean

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) said it placed more than 600,000 tires off the North Carolina coast in the 1970s and early 1980s, but said it discontinued the practice in 1983.

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Engineering

NC - Beach nourishment in Buxton aimed to be completed by the end of August, per Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. has announced that the company has made significant progress since the dredge Ellis Island joined the dredge Liberty Island in Buxton on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

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Property

SC - Beaufort County residents to decide on 2-year $100M Greenspace tax

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCSC) - Beaufort County Council voted Monday night to let voters decide whether to approve a 2-year, one-percent sales tax on the November ballot.

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Energy

VA - State regulators approve Dominion’s nearly $10 billion wind farm off Virginia Beach coast

RICHMOND — State regulators on Friday approved an application from Dominion Energy Virginia to build an enormous offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach and recover the cost from ratepayers.

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Advocacy

NC - Trying to Tame the Islands That Won’t Stay Put

North Carolina’s Outer Banks area is a famed vacation spot, but its islands are always on the move; as sea levels rise and storms strengthen, engineers are battling to keep island communities from washing away.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - Town of North Beach Moves Ahead on Flood Easing Projects

The Town of North Beach reached two milestones last month in its long-term effort to address the community’s recurring coastal and stormwater flooding.

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Tourism

NC - Wilmington leaders make proposal for Topsail to join 3000-mile East Coast recreation route

With hikers and bicyclists pushing themselves for miles on the East Coast Greenway, officials in the Wilmington area are working to make the Topsail region a part of their journeys.

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Engineering

NC - Work underway to keep eastern North Carolina island from "washing away"

Officials said Sugarloaf Island is a vital destination for many local people, tourists, and wildlife but right now the seaward shoreline of the Island is eroding, leaving uprooted trees and vegetation behind. In addition, wave exposure and swift currents are eroding the shoreline, sweeping nutrient-rich sediment into the water column, degrading water quality, and filling in navigational channels.

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Science

USA - Special Update: Possible Human Remains Located in Monitor’s Turret

On July 26 at approximately 9:00 am, Navy saturation diver BMCS Wade Bingham, who was excavating in the Monitor’s turret near one of the cannons, encountered two bones that may be the remains of one of the ironclad’s lost crewmen.

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Advocacy

NC - Busy summer for Sea Turtle Hospital with incidental catches in coastal waters

It’s been a busy summer with patients of various sizes and species cycling through The Sea Turtle Hospital.

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Engineering

Avon beach nourishment project complete; Equipment will be removed over the next two weeks

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. has announced that it has completed the 1 million cubic yard beach nourishment project in Avon, with the last load of sand delivered by the dredge Liberty Island at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, between Yucca Street and Pampas Drive.

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Engineering

NC - Now Investigates: Beach erosion on the Outer Banks remains an expensive, long-term problem

Three homes were washed out to sea this year and more could be in danger. Now, there's a race to prolong the lifespan of homes and beaches threatened by erosion.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

VA - Whale-Sensing Buoy Deployed off Norfolk to Reduce Vessel Strikes

When whales meet ships in the ocean, it usually doesn’t end well for the whales.

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Engineering

NC - Beach commission gets update on ocean search for sand for future beach nourishment projects

Dave Bernstein of Geodynamics, the county’s beach surveying firm, said Monday the ocean search for and identify offshore sand to use for future beach nourishment projects is about 25 percent complete.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

NC - All Topsail towns now prohibit Styrofoam in floating docks

All Topsail Island towns now prohibit using unencapsulated polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam, for floating docks, piers and walkways.

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Fisheries

NC - Oyster trail designed to protect threatened industry

New trail along North Carolina coastline includes oyster farms, seafood markets, restaurants and educational sites.

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Engineering

VA - Naval station in Yorktown installing living shoreline to combat erosion, sea level rise

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science living shoreline project in partnership with Naval Weapons Station Yorktown aims to address erosion along the shoreline, including at Penniman Spit along the York River.

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Engineering

NC - Resilient Coastal Communities Program awards $1.14M for engineering and design projects

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management (DCM) is awarding grants to 22 communities for Phase 3 of the Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP). More than $1.14 million dollars will be made available for the completion of Phase 3.

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Energy

DC - Carbon dioxide removal startups are heading to Washington

Move over, Silicon Valley. Washington, D.C., is fast becoming a hub for carbon dioxide removal action.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

MD - Ocean City Md seeks solution to light pollution to help sea turtles

Sometimes the bright lights of Ocean City are more than they seem, especially if the light pollution they produce impact sea life.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Lose the seagrass and lose the fisheries

Marine and estuary plant life on which North Carolina’s fish species depend are vulnerable to warming and rising seas, scientists say.

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