Close Shifting sand could determine ownership of new island off NC coast Who Owns Shelly Island? WFMY 5:21 AM. EDT July 11, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — There’s no question in the mind of the superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as to who owns the new island off North Carolina’s coast — for now.Read: A Look at Shelly Island, the New Beach at NC Outer BanksSuperintendent Dave Hallac tells The Charlotte Observer that the state of North Carolina owns the new mile-long island known as Shelly Island and that it’s under the jurisdiction of Dare County.Read: New Island Forms of NC Outer BanksBut what if it connects with land? Hallac says he would have research ownership if that happens because it then could be part of the national seashore.The island is separated from Hatteras Island by a few hundred feet of water, which is no more than 5 feet deep at low tide.Watch: Officials Warn Tourists Not to Swim to New Island at NC Outer BanksExperts say the island could continue to grow, or it could suddenly vanish with the next big storm. © 2017 Associated Press CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Woman confronts man with Nazi flag hanging outside of his house Mother dies of protein overdose The difference in 98% and 100% totality during the solar eclipse Oregon City man: Protect your eyes during eclipse Fights break out in the street during alt-right protest urges Georgia college students to get Meningitis B vaccine Wrestling legend Ric Flair hospitalized New apps put police and parents on alert Local stores hit with counterfeit money I-77 toll lane review meeting held More Stories Police investigating fake cash crimes Aug 16, 2017, 11:18 p.m. New technology aims to combat opioid crisis Aug 16, 2017, 11:49 p.m. West Nile concerns at the start of the school year Aug 16, 2017, 11:09 p.m.