Morehead City receives updates on Sugarloaf Island Project

Morehead City receives updates on Sugarloaf Island Project
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 7:44 AM EST
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MORHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) -Morehead City was updated Thursday about plans to restore a beloved feature of their town.

Sugarloaf Island has received funding to help stabilize the island’s shoreline.

State Representative Pat McElraft and Senator Norman Sanderson were recognized at Ottis Landing in Morehead City. We’re told they were instrumental in helping secure $2 million for the Sugarloaf Island restoration project.

The island is critical as a natural barrier against impacts from damaging storm systems.

Officials with Morehead City and the North Carolina Coastal Federation say that a plan has already been created to utilize wave attenuation devices to help reduce errosion, help rebuild the shoreline, seagrass plantings to improve water quality, and a living shoreline to stabilize beach areas.

The island had previously suffered significant erosion and has been unable to serve a vital function of protecting Morehead City from severe storm damage and flooding.