Town officials in North Topsail Beach are keeping their promise to residents by looking at ways to restore parts of the beach that have been lost to erosion over the past few years.
The North Topsail Beach Board of Alderman held a meeting Friday morning to begin a new project that will protect property at the inlet end of the beach where sand dunes have been completely washed out.
After research by a group of engineers and a town scientific expert, North Topsail Beach has decided to invest in sandbag revetment, which places a large geotube along the shoreline to serve as a barrier between homes and the ocean.
Project Manager Kenneth Wilson says the geotube will "stop the erosion where it is and give the project more time to develop in this small 1,500-foot section of beach in the north end."
The project could cost up to $750,000. It's expected to take between two and four months.
One beach town will hold an emergency meeting Friday with engineers to talk about how to repair lost sand dunes.
North Topsail Beach town clerk Carin Faulkner said they have been initiating steps to repair this dune loss for some time.
They are focusing on a 900 foot strip of beach at the north end of the island that contains 20 waterfront homes. When storms, rain or high winds come from the coast, these homes have water underneath their porches, and it's washed away dunes completely in some areas.
Residents said they know the dunes are important and without them they worry about their safety during storm season.
People who vacation at North Topsail said they have seen the dunes get smaller and smaller every year and are happy to hear the town is addressing the issue.
Town aldermen will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday.