Carteret County Beach Commission
Clean County Coalition
Gerald A. “Jerry” Jones, Jr., Mayor of Morehead City
A.B. “Trace” Cooper, IV, Mayor of Atlantic Beach
Town of Atlantic Beach
Town of Emerald Isle
Town of Pine Knoll Shores
Dr. Michael Orbach, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
Dr. Charles H. “Pete” Peterson, University of NC – Institute of Marine Sciences
Dr. John T. Wells, William & Mary College – Institute of Marine Sciences
Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Duke University James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology
The Carteret Coalition to Protect Our Shores is dedicated to fighting this ill-conceived plan that would place, for the first time, dredged material on the beaches and nearshore area of Shackleford Banks, while substantially reducing ongoing beach renourishment efforts at Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, and other parts of Bogue Banks.
The Coalition believes placement of dredged material on Shackleford Banks would provide little to no benefit and would disturb the natural conditions on Shackleford, which is managed as a national wilderness area.
Putting dredged material on Shackleford also would greatly reduce the amount of sand available for renourishment of Bogue Banks, where it is needed to protect valuable private and public investments, such as Fort Macon State Park, and continue to provide recreational uses for visitors and residents alike. By doing so, the plan also substantially reduces the amount of sand that the Corps has historically placed on Bogue Banks to offset impacts caused by the navigation project.
It is a bad plan that needs to be changed. All citizens are urged to voice their opposition at a public hearing hosted by the Corps of Engineers and National Park Service on Wednesday, January 15 from 6 to 8 pm at the Duke Marine Lab auditorium on Pivers Island.