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). There will be a process in which the Village will inform the public of the details of the project, project funding, etc., and then a referendum will take place. The referendum is scheduled to take place on March 5, 2024.

In addition, the Village is hopeful that the $4.5M Federal earmark that was requested for this project that was included in the House earmark of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies will come through. The next Federal earmark benchmark date is February 2, 2024. This could reduce the amount the Village will have to finance for this project. In the meantime, the Village had to begin the bond referendum process and application to the Local Government Commission (LGC) using the upper limit of borrowing at $18M.

For more information about the bond referendum, please visit our 2024 Bond Referendum webpage HERE.

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