Erosion still a major concern for North Topsail locals, despite renourishment program

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH- (WNCT) North Topsail Beach underwent a multi-million dollar project this past year.

Some said the beach re-nourishment program was beneficial, while others who live on the north end of the island think differently.

“Living on the beach isn’t always a day at the beach. Sometimes it’s wonderful, but sometimes there are issues that are not so great to deal with,” said Susan Meyers, a local resident of eight years.

One of those issues is erosion, which folks said is still a major problem despite North Topsail’s attempt to re-nourish the beaches.

Eddie Walton, a local contractor, said, “They put up sandbags. They ran out of money, they don’t have sandbags all the way down the same height.”

Thousands of those sandbags line the beach to save these houses, which some are in no condition to live in.

A local of 19 years, John Pletl, said, “They were having water wash underneath their house. And some of the houses got condemned, or are almost in the process of getting condemned, until they put sandbags out to fix them.”

While the added sand was put in place to better defend beach houses from storms, Pletl said he’s concerned it won’t make much of a difference.

“The restoration comes and goes. At the time that it happens, they pump sand on the beach, restore the beach…but it’s a temporary fix.”

Others said a more permanent solution would be better fit for the community.

Meyers said, “It’s temporary. A terminal groin would be our permanent solution. That takes a lot of time and permitting. Because we aren’t allowed to have jetty’s so terminal groin would be our answer right now.”

Despite the erosion, Meyers said she knew what to to expect when buying property near the beach.

“When we purchased we kind of had to make the decision that it was worth the gamble that we could lose it. Do I expect to lose it? No. Will I cry if I lose it? Oh, certainly yes. But I’ve enjoyed eight or nine years here now and hopefully I’ll enjoy another eight or nine years or more.”

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