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 What you need to know about the flu Fort Mill schools cracking down on out-of-state license plates Homecoming queen gives crown to classmate Donations for Puerto Rico stuck in Charlotte String of robberies in South End community Former FBI leader offers insight into Las Vegas shooting Shooting survivors want more than prayers for Las Vegas FedEx brings hundreds of jobs to Cabarrus County Former teachers, coaches tell Md. woman to keep fighting after Las Vegas shooting Active shooter training in the wake of attack More Stories What you need to know about busiest travel day Nov 22, 2017, 6:09 a.m. Nearly 800 without power after equipment failure Nov 22, 2017, 6:50 a.m. On the front lines of the opioid epidemic: Inside the ER Nov 21, 2017, 11:29 p.m.