The Point Remains Stable 13 Years After Channel Relocation


It has now been more than 13 years since the Town successfully relocated the main ebb channel in Bogue Inlet away from The Point.  In 2005, the main channel was threatening numerous homes and infrastructure, and the Town relocated the channel to a more central location between Emerald Isle and Bear Island.  The sand removed for the new channel was used for beach nourishment along 4 miles of ocean beach in western Emerald Isle in 2005. 

The main ebb channel has remained away from Emerald Isle, and is currently located approximately 1,300 feet from the vehicle ramp at The Point.  The entire area remains stable, and is enjoyed by many beachgoers, fishermen, boaters, and wildlife.  The Point is arguably the most beautiful spot in Emerald Isle, and the Town remains committed to preserving this local treasure. Prior to the 2005 relocation, the Town's engineers predicted that the main ebb channel would eventually migrate back toward Emerald Isle in approximately 15 years.  The Town continues to monitor the position of the main ebb channel, and plans to relocate the channel again when it moves within 1,000 feet of The Point vehicle ramp.  The Town is in early planning stages for the next relocation, which is tentatively planned for 2022, and the sand removed will again be used for beach nourishment at that time.  

The Point - 2004

The Point - 2017

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 4, 2018 8:51:00 AM Categories: News