Croatan Shoreline


Welcome to the Croatan Shoreline Assessment Homepage!

In April 2016 the City of Virginia Beach in coordination with the Croatan Civic League authorized an assessment and study of the Croatan Beach Shoreline between Lockheed Avenue and Rudee​ Inlet.  The purpose of the study was to determine if inlet, dune, and beach management practices have decreased the level of protection provided by the beach and dune to the upland structures.  The coastal engineering firm of Moffatt and Nichol was tasked with the following items of work:
  • Determine shoreline , beach and dune change patterns over time for Croatan Beach; 
  • estimate the level of protection currently provided by the beach and dune system to the upland; 
  • make recommendations on the necessity for and purpose of a beach nourishment project at Croatan Beach; and 
  • if warranted by the above analyses, develop a conceptual beach nourishment profile and outline alterations to inlet and beach management practices to maintain adequate protection to upland buildings and infrastructure over a time period of 30 years.
The study involved an assessment of historical shoreline and dune position, computer modeling to determine the level of protection from storm surge and waves, and the development of a conceptual plan to enhance the beach profile.​ 

An overview and summary of the study was presented to the Croatan Beach Civic League on Wednesday November 9, 2016 at the Virginia Aquarium.  A copy of that presentation along with the full report and appendices can be viewed by clicking on the links provided in the "Related Documents" area on this web page.  Community feedback is critical in helping the City determine the approximate next steps.  Please forward any comments and questions on the report by December 1, 2016 to Daniel F. Adams, P.E., Coastal Program Manager at or by calling (757)385-4131.