PENDER COUNTY — On Friday, Jan. 29, North Topsail Beach got the go-ahead to begin Hurricane Florence dune restoration. The long-delayed project was set to begin in November, but FEMA had to do an environmental and historical review first.

The project will move forward in Phases 2, 3, and 4 — back to pre-Florence dunes, where the Hurricane Matthew project left off around 4400 Island Dr. The project will move north until spring as turtle nesting season arrives.

Then all incomplete areas will be deferred through November 2021.

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