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What was the name of the beach club next to old Moore’s inlet before Hurricane Hazel filled in the inlet?

JJ Knight

According to Madeline Flagler, executive director of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, the only beach club in that area was The Surf Club, 1 Mallard St.

Established in 1941 on the north end of Wrightsville Beach before Moore’s Inlet was closed, The Surf Club “catered to teas, luncheons and dancing for members,” Flagler said.

Hurricane Hazel hit the island in 1954. Moore’s Inlet, which had become partially filled due to shifting of sand, was fully filled in by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1965. Flagler said the push for development on the north end of Wrightsville Beach, in part, led to the closure of the inlet.

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Steve Clemmons

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2 Responses to “ What was the name of the beach club next to old Moore’s inlet before Hurricane Hazel filled in the inlet?”

  1. On March 24, 2012 at 10:38 am Stephen Clemmons wrote:

    Thanks for the info. I think this filling in of the inlet has led to a lot more problems with the water quality in Banks Channel because with Moores inlet tied to Masonboro Inlet, it was flushed three to four times a days. We used to go swimming, sking in the channel without human feces floating by. Now there’s no way I would go swimming in that cesspool. I don’t think they(land owners) realized what they did or really didn’t care as long as they made money. a bridge would have solved all the problems.
    Too bad because that was a nice area in it’s time.

  2. On March 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm Billy wrote:

    Stephen, Moore’s Inlet used to flow into what is know as the lollipop. A sewage plant used to be located on the peninsula at the end of Parmele Isle pumping raw sewage directly into the lollipop. The plant is not longer in operation and the water quality in the lollipop is now very good. On the other hand, banks channel is located on the southern half of the island and is plagued with water quality problems. The high fecal and enterococcus bacteria counts in banks channel have been traced back to human sources, likely boats that moor in the channel. Long story short, the filling of Moores Inlet has nothing to do with the poor water quality in banks channel, and the water behind the filled inlet is very clean.

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