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Who We Are

The Carolina Beach Inlet Association is a non-profit (501-C3) educational organization. Our goal is to educate the public and politicians on the importance of keeping North Carolina’s Shallow Draft Inlets dredged for safe navigation.

We Need Your Help

We need your help to preserve our inlet!! No dredging $$ in Federal Budget means millions of tax dollars, thousands of jobs & public safety at RISK!!! Stay informed about issues and conditions.

Our Goals

  1. Short Term

    Secure funding at the state level so the USACE can maintain the shallow draft inlets. In years past the budget for the USACE was 1 million dollars an inlet for a total of 5 million dollars a year. We are the only state in the US that allows side cast dredging. Rodger Bulluck from the USACE told us we could keep the dredge Merritt in operation for 3.5 million a year. This buys us time so we can find a solid long-term solution for all of our shallow draft inlets.

  2. Mid Term

    Secure the Dredge Fry from the USACE and put it into the NC Ferry System. The USACE has decommissioned the Dredge Fry and can donate/sell it to another government agency. According to sources in the USACE the dredge is still intact. The dredge needs minimal work and funds ($500,000 to $750,000), before it could be brought back into operation. The Ferry Service already has the shipyard that does all the work for the USACE. According to sources within the USACE the state could operate the Dredge Fry at half of the cost.

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    Keep abreast of our monthly meetings and other special events we host such as our Annual Carolina Beach Inlet Association Chowder Cookoff.

    Our Purpose

    1. Raising of Funds

      To coordinate the raising of funds for the long range dredging, Maintenance, and maintaining safety for commercial, pleasure, emergency traffic through Carolina Beach Inlet for city, county, federal and any other source.

    2. Inform & Educate

      To inform and educate the public and governments of the economics and benefits of keeping Carolina Beach Inlet dredged and maintained for safety.

    3. Strong Voice

      To provide a united and strong voice to any municipal, governmental, or other regulatory or rule making body.

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    The Great Chowder Cook-Off

    This event is being re-scheduled for Fall 2021. Come join us for our 6th Annual Carolina Beach Inlet Association Great Chowder Cook-Off. Enter your best recipe via Email.


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