Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment on Shore and Hurricane Wave Protection: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina   [open pdf - 12MB]

"This Feasibility Report presents the results of a study conducted to address the need for beach erosion control, hurricane protection, and related purposes at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Wrightsville Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean in New Hanover County. It has a permanent population of about 3,000 and a peak summer population of about 25,000. The beach within the existing shore protection project is publicly owned and constitutes 20 percent of the beach area in the State that is readily accessible and open to free public access. Continued existence of the beach and dune system is of vital importance to the economic security and community stability of Wrightsville Beach. There are records of many hurricanes dating back to the early 1700's that have caused severe damage in the Wrightsville Beach area. Most recently, heavy property damage resulted from hurricanes. occurring in 1944, 1954, 1955, 1958, and 1960."

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