In case you missed it, some good news this month for people who love the NC beach. Lea Island – an undeveloped barrier island between Topsail and Figure Eight Islands – became substantially more protected from development. Thanks to the work of the NC Audubon Society with a donation from Fred and Alice Stanback, 35.7 acres of the island’s highest and most developable areas have been purchased for the Society. Given that the purchased property is some of the only area of this beautiful deserted barrier island where there could be any chance of building houses, this action likely will have a generations-long impact.
Many people enjoy Lea Island by boat. I can attest from kayaking experience that the island’s scenery and desolation rival the beauty of such NC gems such as the Cape Lookout National Seashore, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. And amazingly, Lea sits in the middle of some of the most developed coast in the state. It’s hard work to preserve the best of North Carolina but well worth the effort.