North Carolina Locals to Pay for Inlet Maintenance
The Wilmington, North Carolina Star News reported on August 11 that “local governments are coming close to piecing together the money necessary to dredge their inlets.” The town of Topsail Beach will pay most of the cost of dredging the New Topsail Inlet, the article stated. After the state of North Carolina agreed to pay half the cost of the dredging, Holden Beach and Oak Island pledged $56,250 toward dredging Lockwood Folly inlet between their islands, and Brunswick County will pay the balance. In New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach will pay for part of the cost of dredging the Carolina Beach Inlet. The burden of dredging the inlets has fallen to local governments, since these areas are not included in the federal dredging budget.