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What You Need to Know About Beach Nourishment

The Town of Nags Head is projected to begin their re-nourishment project in May 2019. The project is expected to last possibly into October 2019.

Please note that not every home in Nags Head and South Nags Head will be impacted. Those that are impacted will only be directly affected for a few days before the project work progresses to another area.

Approximately 4 million cubic yards of sand will be placed on 10 miles of beach from the Bonnett Street public access near Mile Post 11 south to the town line with the National Park Service near Mile Post 21. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.

Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline. Visitors staying in the affected areas may experience temporary construction noise, nighttime illumination, and beach access diversions. The process typically progresses throughout the project area relatively quickly.

Visitors are encouraged to stay tuned to for all details and updates on the project's progress and view maps of the project areas. There, you can sign up email updates and see areas which have already been completed, to help youplan your stay.

Those who love to visit and those who make the Outer Banks home know that beach nourishment is necessary to protect our infrastructure, our homes and businesses, and our beautiful beaches.

Additional options for things to do should the beach near you become inaccessible for a couple of days include:

  • Take a day trip and check out another area of the Outer Banks you maybe haven't visited before. This could be the perfect opportunity to check out our beaches in Duck or Corolla, Hatteras Island, or as close as Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk for the day.
  • Visit H2OBX Waterpark! Sun Realty guests receive discounted tickets to the waterpark, which is just across the Wright Memorial Bridge in southern Currituck County. With two wave pools, an adventure lagoon, lazy river, and a number of family and one-two person thrill slides, adventure awaits at H2OBX.
  • Visit one of our natural or historic sites. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a great option for rainy day fun or as a break from the beach. Also on Roanoke Island, you'll find the Elizabthen Gardens, Lost Colony, and Roanoke Island Festival Park, home to the Elizabeth II, a ship representative of one of the seven English merchant vessels from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585.
  • Visit one of our sound accesses for crabbing, kiteboarding, kayaking, you name it!
  • Watch the re-nourishment in progress! There are three piers in the overall project area, which make great spots for watching the activity from a safe distance. Beach nourishment is vital to the health and sustanability of our beaches and our economy, and the whole process is very impressive to watch. K
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