Town of Holden Beach

 North Carolina

The Family Beach



Town of Holden Beach

Welcome to the Town of Holden Beach, nationally recognized as one of the premier "Family Beaches" in the United States. Holden Beach is proud of what we do not have. We are primarily a residential community, with a small commercial area. Holden Beach is a great place to relax, enjoy the beach and the natural wildlife that surrounds us.

Clean water, blue skies and lots of family fun. Come experience it for yourself!



Public Hearing: Take notice that there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, beginning at 5:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter, in the Holden Beach Town Hall Public Assembly, 110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462 to hear public comments regarding amendments to the Holden Beach Code of Ordinances, Section 94.03: Frontal Dune Policy and Regulations. Due to emergency restrictions pertaining to COVID-19, in person public attendance is prohibited. The public hearing will be livestreamed on the Town’s Facebook page. Visit to watch the livestream. Comments on the ordinance will be accepted until January 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. If you would like the comments to be heard at the public hearing, they must be submitted by January 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Submit your comments to or deposit them in the Town’s drop box in front of Town Hall. Click here to view a copy of the proposed ordinance. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Federal Emergency Management Agency: PUBLIC NOTICE 

Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (DSEA)

Beach Erosion


In accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121- 5207 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (DSEA) for the proposed restoration of the Central Reach portion of the engineered beach at Holden Beach, Brunswick County, North Carolina.

The DSEA has been prepared in accordance with all requirements of NEPA, in which all federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. NEPA requires federal agencies to incorporate environmental considerations in planning and decision making and provide opportunities for public input in order to make fully informed decisions.  Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 (“Floodplain Management”) and EO 11990 (“Protection of Wetlands”), FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. The DSEA summarizes the purpose and need, alternatives, affected environment, and potential environmental consequences of the proposed action. The DSEA is available for review and comment and can be viewed on and/or downloaded from FEMA’s website at Click here for a direct link to the report.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, agency policies and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: Town of Holden Beach

Project Title: FEMA-DR-4465-NC PW 00221 PN 118313 - Beach Erosion

Location of Proposed Work:
Central Reach

240 OBE to 781 OBW, Holden Beach, NC 28462

Start: 33.91451, -78.25511; End: 33.90793, -78.33148

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the restoration of the Central Reach portion of Holden Beach. All work is located in a Coastal High Hazard Area. Confirmation of location in a Coastal High Hazard Area (VE Zone) was determined by the Brunswick County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Numbers: 3720201500K, 3720201600K, 3720202600K, each dated 8/28/2018. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the Coastal High Hazard Area. The proposed work will take place in Estuarine/Marine Wetland, per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory but will have a beneficial effect on wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The Town of Holden Beach will restore a total of approximately 4.5 miles along the Central Reach portion of Holden Beach using offshore dredged material. The proposed project includes concurrently restoring losses attributable to three storm events[1] as a single re-nourishment project to the engineered and designed beach template funded in FEMA-4465-DR-NC, including approximately 1,667,595 cubic yards (CY) of sand, 1,000 linear feet (LF) of fencing, and dune plants. Sand for the proposed project will be obtained by hopper dredging from the previously permitted offshore borrow area, located approximately two miles offshore of Oak Island, and a new offshore borrow area located approximately two miles offshore of Holden Beach.

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide storm damage reduction benefits to the existing shoreline, upland habitat, and surrounding infrastructure. Restoration of the engineered beach will also maintain a viable beach environment for nesting habitat for threatened and endangered nesting sea turtles, as well as protect and maintain foraging habitat for shorebird species. The beach restoration project will also provide recreation enhancement of the publicly accessible shoreline along Holden Beach.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the Town of Holden Beach. The beach and surrounding community would not be protected from future storm surge events. Erosion would continue to occur along the beach and negative impacts to species and recreational value of the area could occur.

Alternative #2 (Beach Restoration): The proposed action restores the beach to pre-disaster condition, which reduces the risk to improved property on the island, provides additional habitat for sea turtles and shorebirds, and increases the recreational value of the area.

Comment Period:
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comment period will conclude 30 days after the initial publication of this Public Notice on January 6, 2021. If no substantive comments are received, the DSEA and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will become final. Substantive comments received will be addressed as appropriate in the final documents. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4465-NC-00221 HOLDEN SEA COMMENT].

POSTED ON: (1/6/2021)

[1] On September 14, 2018, and as amended on: September 17, 24, and 27, 2018; October 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, and 25, 2018; November 15, 2018; March 28, 2019, June 27, 2019, and October 13, 2020 President Trump declared a major disaster (FEMA-DR-4393-NC) for the State of North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence. On January 31, 2019, and as amended on: March 28, 2019, June 27, 2019 and October 13, 2020, President Trump declared a major disaster (FEMA-DR-4412-NC) for the State of North Carolina due to Tropical Storm Michael. On October 4, 2019, and as amended on October 13, 2020, President Trump declared a major disaster (FEMA-DR-4465-NC) for the State of North Carolina due to Hurricane Dorian.

Request for Proposals - Legal Services: The Town of Holden Beach, North Carolina invites the submittal of responses from qualified Firm(s) interested in providing legal services as the Town Attorney. The Town intends to consider Firms and/or individuals who possess the professional and administrative capabilities to provide the scope of services detailed in the Request for Proposals Click here to view the RFP. 

The Town will receive responses to this RFP at the address set forth below until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Responses should be directed to: Heather Finnell, Town Clerk, Town of Holden Beach, 110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462, email:

Electronic submissions will be accepted; however, such information must be provided in a single PDF file.

All proposals received after the submittal time will be rejected and returned unopened. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Questions or clarifications need to be submitted to the Town via email to by January 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Coronavirus Information:

News from Mayor Holden (September 3rd) - The playground at Bridgeview Park will be open to the public as of September 4th at 5:00 p.m. The splash pad will remain closed for the rest of the season. Click here to view Amendment No. 12 of the Town's State of Emergency. 

Click here for information on Governor Cooper's face mask requirement. 

The Town Hall building is closed. Staff is still working. Please call or email for assistance. All activities, with the exception of Board of Commissioners' meetings, scheduled in the Town Hall Public Assembly and conference rooms and the Emergency Operations Center conference rooms are canceled until further notice. 

Brunswick County has developed a dedicated webpage for community assistance. Click here to view their website. Remember to seek the most verified information from sources likes the CDCNC DHHS and the county regarding the coronavirus. If you have questions, you can contact the Brunswick County Public Health Call Line at (910) 253-2339 Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can also email them at The NC Public Health Call Line can be reached at 866-462-3821 (open 24/7).

2019 Water Quality Results: The 2019 Consumer Confidence Report is now available. Click here to view the report.




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