2025 CSDR Project

The Village is planning a Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (CSDR) for 2025. The plan is to dredge beach-quality sand from Jay Bird Shoals and place it on the west end of the terminal groin down through the groin tubes, then the sand fill will restart east of Muscadine Wynd, and fill to the east end of the Shoals Club (see map below). With the dry sand beach nourishment in place at the west end of South Beach, the Village also plans to remove and replace all groin tubes in the soft-tube groin field. For more details on this project, please view the CAMA permit application listed under documents (to the right).

PROJECT PURPOSE

The purpose of the project is to maintain and restore beach and dune resources and thereby protect adjacent residential
homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The proposed beach nourishment is intended to offset chronic and episodic sand losses along the western and eastern reaches of South Beach as well as maintain the terminal groin fillet as required by permit condition. Daily use of the beach is and will continue to be (post-project), recreational (for use by both residents of Bald Head Island and the public).

FINANCING

Like the Village’s previous shoreline projects (2010 & 2018/19), the financing for this project will be through a General Obligation Bond (GO Bond). A bond referendum took place on March 5, 2024. Both referenda ($13.5M and $4.5M) passed (certified result for the $13.5M HERE and certified result for $4.5M HERE). In addition, the Village is receiving a $4.5M Federal earmark that was requested for this project.

The Village’s debt application to borrow the funds was approved by the NC Local Government Commission on May 7, 2024.

The final project scope, funding, and any tax implications will be discussed after the Village’s coastal engineers analyze the bids and recommendations are made to the Council.  This will likely take place in late summer 2024.

The photo above is from the 2022/2023 Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar Project. The method of sand placement seen in the photo will be used in the 2025 CSDR project.

DOCUMENTS

CAMA Permit Application with Project Details

How Beach Nourishment Works

US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice for the 2025 Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project – Issued October 4, 2023, Comment Deadline November 3, 2023

Project Plans

Project Plan Sheet (updated 1/23/24)

Article: An Overview of BHI’s Shoreline Protection Program in Advance of the Village’s 2025 Project

Brochure: 2025 Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project