Ocean Isle Debates Terminal Groin To Fight Erosion

Mar 3, 2015

The terminal groin is proposed for the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

Residents of Ocean Isle Beach will get a chance Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed terminal groin project.

If it is built, the Ocean Isle terminal groin would only be the second such structure built on the North Carolina coast since a ban was put into place in 1985.

In 2011, the Legislature lifted the ban on the hardened structures that are built at the end of a land mass to stop beach erosion.

A groin is currently under construction on Bald Head Island.

Opponents of groins say they are an expensive, temporary, and highly localized solution to natural erosion patterns.

The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night in Shallotte.