Beach representatives to talk rip currents at consortium meeting

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By Brian Slattery

Rip current safety will be a topic of conversation when the Brunswick Beaches Consortium meets again.

The BBC meets at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the conference center of the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

The consortium is made up of representatives from the beachside towns, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Brunswick County.

The Baptist Assembly is at 100 Caswell Beach Road.

The regional group helps update its members on efforts to reduce beach erosion and to provide progress reports on beach preservation projects like beach renourishment.

The group also addresses issues of concern as they arise.

Following four drowning deaths related to rip currents on Brunswick County beaches in July, local officials said they intended to take another look at preventative measures to keep beachgoers safe.

Brunswick County Commission Chairman Phil Norris and Vice Chairman Marty Cooke, Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato and Ocean Isle Beach Town Administrator Daisy Ivey all pointed to the consortium meeting as the best time to review the safety measures used on each of the islands.

Ivey announced at the Ocean Isle Beach town meeting Aug. 13 the staff created rip current safety information magnets to provide throughout the town.

“We will ask people to put them in their homes and they have been delivered to real estate companies to put in (rental) homes,” she said.

The magnets will also be mailed to all Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) properties to include in the houses located in town.

The magnets are available at the police and fire departments, as well.

“We want these in every household,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

Ivey said the Brunswick Beaches Consortium will share the efforts each town is taking to increase safety warnings, but does not expect any coordinated efforts to be considered.


Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.