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Added on 05.14.16

Oak Island takes care of its beach as the primary resource that brings people to the area. Protecting the beach and beachgoers is a primary concern, and we need all BEACH LOVERS to be involved.

Dunes are the mounds of sand with sea oats and other plants on them. They line the shore and help keep homes and businesses safe from the sea. But they are fragile! All the sand areas marked by ropes, and other areas with sea oats, are protected by Town Ordinance Sec 14-132.

Holes are fun to dig, but holes left unattended are a major hazard on the beach. People walking at night could be injured, and nesting sea turtles could become trapped in a hole. Please leave the garden shovels at home and enjoy digging with small tools. The beach is not a place for excavations. A new ordinance requires the filling of all holes before leaving the beach.

Beach Gear is all the stuff we bring for a day of sun, sand and sea – chairs, towels, body boards, canopies and umbrellas, snacks, drink containers, and such. It should be kept away from the dunes, and taken with you when you leave. If you no longer need it, put it in the trashcans at any street access. Town ordinances require that beach gear be removed at the end of the day.