State Issues First Erosion Structure Permit
North Carolina’s Division of Coastal Management issued a permit to Bald Head Island for the state’s first permanent erosion-control structure. The village plans to construct a terminal groin to help manage the beach’s wear and tear.
A terminal groin is a long wall, usually made of stone, that extends into the water perpendicular to the coast. It diminishes erosion by trapping drifting sand. Previously illegal under state law, the erosion-control walls became legal in 2011. North Carolina’s General Assembly voted to allow up to four terminal groins along the coast.
Along with Bald Head Island, which submitted a formal application in July, other North Carolina beaches looking to secure permits are Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, and Figure Eight Island.