Beach Nourishment

FEMA Public Notice - Notice of Availability of the Draft Statewide Programmatic Environmental Assessment (DSPEA)


SPEA Berm Final


*Representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers will be in attendance at the December 7, 2021 Town Council Meeting. They will be present to provide an update to the Town as well as to answer questions from the public. -UPDATED October 5, 2021.

The Town was notified in July that the Town of North Topsail Beach voted to not move forward with executing the Project Partnership Agreement for the Army Corps Beach Nourishment Project. Surf City will be moving forward with the project and will continue to work closely with our partners at the Corps to determine the next steps for the Surf City Federal Project. Once we get this information back from the Corps, we will send that out to our residents and interested parties. Additional information on the project is noted below. 

The Town has received the Letter Report and the PPA for final review and execution, along with N. Topsail Beach and the South Atlantic Division. Staff is awaiting shoreline length data, of which, the USACE used to determine developed and un-developed properties. After the June 1st meeting staff will be ready to move forward with the Mayor’s execution of the PPA. N. Topsail Beach met on Thursday, July 1st and voted not to move forward with the USACE project. At this time Surf City is working with USACE to determine the next steps in moving forward with the Surf City portion of the storm mitigation project, USACE is gathering details and timelines, as soon as staff has this data a public media release will occur. USACE has been working with US Fish & Wildlife to widen the environmental windows. BOEM has requested a list of specific activities related to the BOEM leases. Once Fish and Wildlife receive public comment then BOEM can issue a permit for using sand sources outside of the 3-mile limit. Widening the environmental windows would allow contractors to dredge/place sand for a longer period of time, it will also cut down on timing and cost. Currently, regulations do not allow for dredging/sand placement from the middle of April to the middle of November of each calendar year. For Surf City, we are looking at an 18-month dredge timeframe with a 24-month contract. Contract one will be for the Surf City portion of the project will begin at the Surf City Topsail Beach town line and run north estimating 6 million cubic yards of material. USACE’s data shows enough material to begin the Surf City portion of the project without the BOEM leases. After initial construction the contract will be amended to include areas to include BOEM leases available.

The federal project is estimated to add an additional 12 million cubic yards of sand to the beach, build a new dune that is projected to be 25’ wide and 14’ high and widen the beach with a 6’ high and 300’ wide berm. Oceanfront citizens should have already turned in the perpetual easements. If you have not received your oceanfront easement please contact or 910-328-4131x106. This is NOT the same easement that was previously signed in 2019. This is a new easement required by USACE for the new beach nourishment project.

All Oceanfront Property Owners should have received a mailed notice regarding the request for an oceanfront easement for the USACE storm mitigation project. The project is slated to place sand on ALL oceanfront properties in Surf City. This is NOT the same easement that was previously signed in 2019. This is a new easement required by USACE for the new beach nourishment project. If you have questions regarding your easements please call 910-328-4131 x106 or email This is a separate easement than those signed in 2019. ALL oceanfront property owners will need to sign the updated easements and return them to the Town. We’ve received approximately 85% of all easements necessary for this project, so please make sure you get those in and thank you to those that have already!



Example Easement:

Dune Profile


Oceanfront owners can view their property by using the links below to view an Aerial Plat Map for each oceanfront parcel.
To find the map that corresponds with your property, please use the key below.

Aerial Plat Maps for Construction Easement Lines 
Beach Nourishment - Key