The sands of time can change quickly especially if you are in the vicinity of the low inlet-shaft of the Carolina Beach Inlet. With hurricanes, erosion, and the natural process of the ocean’s current, dredging is necessary for the survival of surrounding businesses, charter boats, and tourism.
There is good news for the Carolina Beach community and surrounding communities because a plan has been put into place which allow the US Army Corps of Engineering to dredge the waterways. With a small hike in fees based on vessel, charter boats, and small boat sizes and donations, the community and surrounding communities can thrive. “Don’t make the mistake of thinking of this as just a fishing thing; it affects almost everyone to some degree, and especially every business in a big area around the inlet,” said Dennis Barbour, a business owner, charter captain and former mayor of Carolina Beach.” http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=2023. The Carolina Beach Inlet Association wants to educate and inform the public and the politicians about the importance of inlet dredging. It is not only the responsibility of the Carolina Beach community, but the responsibility of all surrounding communities and when everyone pulls together, a sustainable inlet can provide navigation for everyone.
Politicians and lobbyists need to be made aware of the consequences of not being able to maneuver safely along the channels. The lack of dredging could cause serious problems within the community of Carolina Beach and Pleasure Island if commercial and recreational vessels did not have the ability to safely maneuver through the inlet. If funds for inlet dredging were to dry up, it would put the whole community in an economic crisis because businesses and tourist depend on inlet dredging to be able travel from the inlet to the ocean.
If the keels of sailboats and vessels were to get trapped in sandbars, this could cost fishermen and tourists tens of thousands of dollars for towing and/or repairs for their boats and vessels. This could get very expensive if the inlet was not dredged which could affect businesses and tourists who rely on the inlet for safe travel within the channels. “A boat expert said it could cost up to $1,800 to remove the vessel from the sandbar.” http://www.krgv.com/news/local-news/Shallow-Waters-at-The-Fingers-Problematic-for-Boats/32243042. The dangers of getting trapped on a sandbar could destroy a boats and/or vessel. If the funds were not available for inlet dredging, Carolina Beach and Pleasant Island’s economy would suffer as vessels and recreational boats could get sand barged which could cause financial disaster for many.
North Carolina coastlines have been on the news quite a bit since June 8th where shark have attacked swimmers and vacationers in waist deep water. This is unusual behavior for the sharks because humans are not their choice of food and most attacks are presumed to be mistaken identity for other prey. There are steps to follow which can help prevent shark attacks.
Do not wear shiny or bright attire. These colors and shiny jewelry can mimic the shimmering scales of fish.
Do not recline on your surf board. Reclining on a surf board appears like the torso of a seal underneath the water. An example of this was described in the news a few days ago when a competitor in South Africa was waiting to start his competition and was attacked.
Do not go in the water if you have a fresh wound that is bleeding. Blood attracts sharks.
Do not go in the water when you see a bunch of seagulls flying around. This is an indication that there are schools of fish which means a shark could be searching for his next meal.
And last, but not least. If there are red flags up along the beach, be sure to ask a lifeguard why they are up and heed the warnings.
Recreational and commercial charter boats rely on the successful dredging of the Carolina Beach Inlet. Dredging is necessary to keep the inlet open so traffic can safely maneuver their vessels to and from the ICW and ocean. The US Army Corps of Engineers performed maintenance dredging in the Carolina Beach Inlet as recently as April.”
Local municipalities and the Carolina Beach Inlet Association have kept the lines of communications open with leader at both county and state levels, to ensure the funding for this crucial project are maintained as Carolina Beach Inlet serves as a vital source of economic growth for Pleasure Island businesses.
The sand that is dredged will be relocated offshore approximately 200 yards from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and the funding for this dredging will come from the US Army Corp of Engineers, the State of North Carolina, New Hanover County and Carolina Beach. For more information about inlet issues, visit our website or follow us on Facebook.