CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Erosion has forced the beach access at Sea Oats Lane in Carolina Beach to close.
The town said in a news release Wednesday the beach access will be closed indefinitely and won't reopen until the beach level is sustained.
Federal beach renourishment, which should help the erosion issue at Sea Oats, is scheduled for this winter or early spring 2019, according to the release.
Wave action helps with sand placement as well and this section of beach often rebounds in the spring and early summer, the release read.
According to town leaders, this isn't the first time they've had to close the beach access. They closed it at the beginning of the summer and opened it back up recently.
Town leaders said they closed it again because they kept rebuilding the stairs, only for them to keep washing way, creating a safety hazard.
Beachgoers said the closed access didn't bother them too much. It just means they'll have to walk a little further to the next access.
"That's just nature," Candice Besso said. "On the beach, there's going to be erosion. That's what happens when you have civilization right on the beach so it doesn't entirely surprise me."
Surfer John Evans said he likes the Sea Oats Lane access because it's never too crowded.
"There's not a ton of people down here, and there's not a ton of people in the water so it's a little better for surfers and swimmers," Evans said. "You don't have a lot of activity down here, but that could be because of the erosion."
There are two open beach accesses — Sanfiddler Lane and Periwinkle Lane — located within blocks of Sea Oats.