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What are the boats working off Carolina Beach doing?

Ken Little

The boats off Carolina Beach are dredge plants that are nourishing the beaches on Kure Beach and Carolina Beach, Town Manager Michael Cramer said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District’s project is called “Storm Damage Reduction Project Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, New Hanover County, North Carolina.”

The Marinex Construction Co., based in Charleston, S.C., is the contractor, said Henry Heusinkveld, Corps of Engineers spokesman.

The first phase of the project is underway on the north end of Kure Beach past the Kure Beach Pier.

The Marinex vessel Savannah “is dredging material roughly four miles offshore from the borrow site to pump sand onto the beach,” Heusinkveld said.

Bad weather has hampered recent operations.

“The Savannah cannot work safely and efficiently in swells that reach seven feet” and has to shut down operations under those conditions, Heusinkveld said.

When work on the north end of Kure Beach is completed, Marinex will begin the next phase south of the Kure Beach Pier.

The third phase will include the north end of Carolina Beach.

The borrow site for that project will be in Carolina Beach Inlet, Heusinkveld said.

The project’s completion date is set for April 30.

Work began in mid-December. The town of Carolina Beach closed the beach access and public parking lot for six weeks so Marinex could set up equipment and stage piping for the beach nourishment project.

As part of the project, Marinex is installing pipes running from Ocean Boulevard in Carolina Beach south to Kure Beach.

The pipes will be on the beach until mid-February, Cramer said.

“Beach patrons should use caution in these areas and stay out of all areas that are fenced off due to construction,” he said.

“(Corps of Engineers) Wilmington District officials ask the public to keep a safe distance behind taped-off areas of the construction sites,” Heusinkveld added.

For more information about the work, go to www.carolinabeach.org and click on the “projects” tab.

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