Ocean Isle named Best Restored Beach

Posted May 19, 2008
Updated May 21, 2008

Ocean Isle Beach earned national recognition Monday for improvements made since Hurricane Hugo's devastating blow in 1989.

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association named Ocean Isle the 2008 Best Restored Beach.

Restoration is the process of replacing sand washed away by erosion to provide beachfront buildings and animal habitats with greater area and to give beach-goers a wider place to play.

“Since its inception, the Ocean Isle Beach restoration project has been distinguished by exceptional project performance and habitat restoration for endangered sea turtles and shorebirds. In addition it has provided storm protection and greatly increased recreational space," Mayor Debbie Smith said.

Across the country, more than 370 beaches have been restored.


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  • PaulRevere May 23, 2008

    Cherry Grove Beach, SC (north of the pier) is the best for me.

  • packfan79 May 21, 2008

    Holden's better to me, less snooty than the other's.

  • fishnett5977 May 21, 2008

    We are all going the week of the 4th and we already know to stay put somewhere between 2:30pm and 5:00pm on Saturday - you cant get on either island because thats when the rentals start. The traffic is backed down nearly to Hwy 17!! At least they have police to direct traffic for awhile while its so bad. Still, with all the people on the islands, its a wonder they dont sink! ;)

  • hi_i_am_wade May 20, 2008

    The beauty is that it is a pain in the neck to get on Sunset Beach. Nobody goes there unless they have a house there.

  • fishnett5977 May 20, 2008

    sssshhhhh hi i am wade!!! dont tell everyone that secret!! It is crowded during the summer - more so the weekends! My bestfriend has a place right between Ocean Isle and Sunset and I go to visit as much as possible!!! :) Love the beach at Sunset - wide like Surf City and Topsail USE to be!!!

  • hi_i_am_wade May 19, 2008

    If you want a good beach, go one beach down to Sunset Beach. 2000 times better than Ocean Isle. I'm not joking. Sunset has a better beach and less people.