NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County is actively working with state partners and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin a dredging project in April for Carolina Beach Inlet to keep it clear and safe for navigation.
The U.S. Coast Guard had expressed a concern that its vessel used to move buoys could not access and relocate the buoys, which aid navigation, until the inlet was dredged. New Hanover County staff are working with the Corps of Engineers to coordinate a schedule for the dredging project and anticipate it will commence by mid-April.
Following the project, the U.S. Coast Guard’s vessels will be able to move buoys to provide boaters safe guides through the inlet. The schedule should allay concerns that the Coast Guard would not provide navigational aids for the inlet.
New Hanover County and state partners have provided a total of $1,020,000 that is in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers coffers for dredging the inlet once a vessel becomes available.
“This is not a funding issue,” said Jonathan Barfield Jr., chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. “The issue was one of timing involving dredging vessels and the Coast Guard’s capacity to safely relocate the inlet’s buoys.”