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The Sands of Bogue Inlet

Summer has found the Crystal Coast

This has been an especially nice spring but it has been a very busy one, hence the delay in getting out the newsletter.  There is plenty of material, just not enough time to write about it.

I did want to talk briefly about boating and summer here on the coast.  Many people come to the Crystal Coast because it offers a nearly perfect combination of beaches and boating.  Our beaches are rarely crowded and there usually is plenty of room for boaters except perhaps on the busiest holiday weekends

This spring there was some excitement as the Coast Guard removed the navigational buoys in Bogue Inlet due to the channel no longer being safe.  It was big news in our boating community but fortunately the real news was not nearly as dire as the initial reports which made it seem like there were going to be no navigational aids in Bogue Inlet.  Bogue Inlet is our waterway to the ocean so there was some concern until the Coast Guard issued a clarification that the buoys would be put back as soon as the new channel was established and cleaned up.

Finally on my third trip this spring out Bogue Inlet on Friday, June 16, the new buoys were in place.  I personally like the new channel better than the old one since there is lots more sandy beach to enjoy along the way.  I will be doing more exploring as time permits.

I can also report that the new Bojangles in Cedar Point across from the BB&T is now under construction and is projected to open in August.  The new Walmart in Swansboro has some walls and there is a new barbecue, chicken, and seafood place in Swansboro.  Jordan's Smokehouse and Seafood seems to be able to handle large crowds and the food is reasonably priced.  The Bamboo Asian House has also opened in Swansboro in the location which previously housed an organic market.  The site for the new Publix in Emerald Isle has been cleared and the Bogue Inlet Pier looks terrific after its remodeling.  The Town even got the bike path done to the Pier.

The summer crowds have found us but we are never as crowded as most beaches. I met a couple from Nags Head on a beach walk the other day.  They shared with me that they come to Emerald Isle in the summer because the crowds and traffic in Nags Head make it hard for them to enjoy their local beach.

There have been some rip currents and a drowning in the last couple of weeks so pay attention to the water when you get in the ocean.  It is not a swimming pool.  Because of the wind, today was a red flag day at the beaches but it looks like the weather should make a turn for the better by the middle of the week.  There have been some major changes in the sand at the north end of the Point but I will report more on that later.

I apologize for the abbreviated newsletter, but spring has been busy at our household with a major remodelling project and my day job has been flat out all spring.  I feel blessed to have been able to enjoy some time at the Point, at Third Street Beach and out on the water.  Now if I could just catch some fish.

The print edition of the 2017 Emerald Isle Travel Guide - A Week at the Beach is also in the works and should be available by early July.  The Kindle version will follow shortly after that.

David Sobotta
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