Beaches

Environment
2:32 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract for beach re-nourishment just north of Rodanthe. The contract is going to the same Illinois dredging company that re-nourished the beach in Nags Head just before Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, of Illinois.

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Environment
7:52 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Cape Hatteras Recognized As Top 10 Beach, 2014

Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier, August 4, 2013
Credit Alistair Nicol / Flickr/Creative Commons

Cape Hatteras has been ranked as the sixth best beach in the nation by a leading beach expert, Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") of Florida International University.

Here's the list:

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Business & Economy
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards

Lifeguard funding has been cut for the Cape Hatteras Seashore. Now, the National Park Service is looking for contractors who can help tighten belts while staffing three beaches with lifeguards.
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The National Parks Service is trying to keep at least a few lifeguards on the Cape Hatteras Seashore this summer.

Federal officials cut the $200,000 program that staffed three beaches seven days a week during the summer.

Now, Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble said he wants lifeguard service contractors to offer bids that can accommodate a tighter budget.

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Environment
11:45 am
Tue January 7, 2014

8 Degree Windchill? Time To Go Paddleboarding

Paddleboarders are training all week, and will compete in a tournament this weekend
Coastal Urge

On the very first "Cold Stroke Classic" in Wrightsville Beach, NC, it was cold. Very cold. It was January after all.

One of the participants remembers it this way: "Two people actually wore survival suits. Most wore wetsuits with jackets over them. It was around freezing, but still, some people acted like this was some kind of nutty Polar Bear Club dare."

Turns out, no matter the outside temperature, it's actually not so cold when you stand on a board in the ocean and work your muscles as hard as you can, paddle-racing seven miles around an island. Who knew?

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Environment
12:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Rip Currents Claim Seven Lives Over 4th of July Weekend

A typical rip current warning sign
Credit James Albright via Flickr, Creative Commons

Dangerous rip currents off the Carolina coast are to blame for the deaths of seven people over the 4th of July holiday. That number is double the average number of rip current deaths in a year. Community leaders are calling the tragedies a wake-up call and are trying to find ways to prevent future drownings.

Putting signs and red flags up at various beach access points is one of several ideas, says Anthony Marzano, the director of emergency services in Brunswick County, where four of the deaths took place. 

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

New Smartphone App Provides Guide To Outer Banks Beaches

Take Me to the Beach helps people find the right beach in the Outer Banks.
Credit Inductice Ideas LTD

Have you ever visited the North Carolina coast only to have a hard time finding the right public beach access? That’s the situation that Sara Brubaker found herself in when she moved to the Outer Banks three years ago. So Brubaker got in touch with the app development company Inductive Ideas LTD to find a solution to the problem.  The result is a new smartphone app called Take Me to the Beach, a guide to Outer Banks beaches that provides information about public access, beach amenities, lifeguards, and distances from beaches to food and drink.

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Environment
5:06 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Report: North Carolina Beach Water Quality Among The Nation's Best

A beach near Wilmington, NC.
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Environmental advocates say North Carolina's beaches fared well in their latest water quality study.  The Natural Resources Defense Council's 2012 "Testing The Waters" report examined many of the nation's beaches for levels of pollution. 

NRDC researchers found that two percent of samples from North Carolina beaches registered higher than the state's maximum bacterial limit.  Jon Devine, a senior attorney with the NRDC, says states like North Carolina are taking steps to stop bacterial contamination.

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Environment
10:16 am
Mon June 10, 2013

State Officials Warn Of Dangerous Rip Currents

A swimmer on the Carolina coast.
Credit Billy Hathorn, Creative Commons

Safety officials on the coast are trying to make beachgoers more aware of rip currents. Those are the narrow channels of waves that can pull swimmers dangerously far offshore. Signs along North Carolina’s coastline advise visitors to ‘Break the Grip of the Rip.’

Spencer Rogers is with the governmental research organization North Carolina Sea Grant. He estimates that rip currents account for 80 percent of drowning and says the currents happen almost every day on North Carolina beaches, but are not always dangerous.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Competition Draws World Class Paddleboarders

European Champion, Eric Terrien from France
Credit Ben Thouard BIC SPORTS

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) involves a surfboard, a paddle, and lots of abdominal strength. And in the world of sports, it’s catching on fast. That might not be too surprising, since it often involves bathing suits and sunny beaches, too.  Starting today, SUP athletes from around the world will compete in the third annual Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC State Tests Dune Filtration System On Coast

BEFORE: Dune filtration system installation.
NC State University

Researchers from NC State have developed a new stormwater filtration system designed to trap pollutants and bacteria that can often cause beach closures. The new system consists of a series of chambers that divert stormwater runoff into sand dunes, which act like giant filters. The filtering materials are buried beneath the dunes so that there are no visible materials on the surface.

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