Village of Bald Head Island

Shoreline Protection

Assistant Village Manager:  Jeff Griffin
Phone:  910-457-9700

Shoreline Protection is one of the main duties of the Assistant Village Manager, Jeff Griffin.  Shoreline Protection responsibilities include shoreline monitoring and erosion control measures which include groins and beach nourishment.  The Village monitors all beaches along the 14 miles of shoreline, which includes East Beach, South Beach, West Beach and Row Boat Row.  Prior to significant storms, the Village performs a “Pre-Storm Assessment” to document the condition of the Beach and shoreline stabilization structures (Geo-textile Groins, Breakwaters & Jetties).  After the storm passes, the Village compares Pre & Post storm conditions to determine if external validation is warranted.  If there is a significant change, the Village contacts engineering and surveying contractors to quantify changes.  FEMA reimbursement requires quantifying sand loss or percent damage (in the case of a structure). Currently, the Village utilizes Olsen and Associates for its coastal engineering needs.

Olsen and Associates a firm out of Jacksonville, Florida, has done a number of beach projects (groins, beach nourishment and jetties) along the East Coast and has many years of costal design experience.   Along with the structural design, coastal engineers play an integral role in the permitting and compliance phases of beach projects.  Permitting is perhaps the most challenging component of coastal construction.  Permitting often requires approval from North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, Marine Fisheries, US Army Corps of Engineers and a host of other external stakeholders.

Olsen and Associates utilize 3D modeling to determine the future profile of Bald Head’s Beaches.  This information allows the Village to plan and budget for upcoming projects. The Village provides an annual monitoring report which highlights changes in the Island’s shoreline (a PDF is available on this website).

NC State Ports Authority Section 203 Study Comments

News Release: More than $29 Million Approved to Restore BHI Beach