Town of Ocean Isle Beach
Beach Renourishment


The National Audubon Society filed an amended complaint with the United States District Court on August 28, 2017 against the Corps of Engineers and the Town of Ocean Isle Beach.  In this case, the National Audubon Society challenges the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a permit that authorizes the Town of Ocean Isle Beach to build a terminal groin at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach. 


Mr. Todd Roessler with Kilpatrick Townsend has informed the Town that the scheduling order for this case has been adopted by the court and the deadline to file the final brief in the cross-motions for summary judgement is March 14, 2019.  Due to this lawsuit, construction of the terminal groin has been placed on hold until this legal matter is settled.



In 2017, the Town hired APTIM Coastal Planning and Engineering to prepare an annual Beach Monitoring Report and Analysis based on the Beach Surveys the Town had been performing since 2012.  The purpose of this study was to provide an assessment of the current conditions of a portion of the Town’s shoreline and to identify erosion and accretion trends over time.  To do so, APTIM examined both short-term and long-term changes over time within the areas where these surveys had been performed.  

CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2018 report.



During the April 14, 2015 Board Meeting,  the Board of Commissioners adopted the Ocean Isle Beach 30-Year Beach Management Plan.  The management area will consist of the beach strand from the location of the proposed terminal groin project, located on the east end of the island, to the east shoulder of Tubbs Inlet, a  total distance of 5.1 miles. 

Components of the study include an engineering analysis of the existing federal project, a sand resource assessment , and an assessment of the environmental documentation and permitting requirements that would be necessary for the Town to manage its entire ocean front shoreline.   

To view the entire Beach Management Plan please access the following link:   OIB Beach Management Plan




    Town of Ocean Isle Beach
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