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 Mom set to lose thousands over LuLaRoe issues Woman killed after getting struck by Amtrak train VERIFY: Did a photo capture a 30-ft. wave crashing NC pier? NOW: LulaRoe or LulaNO? Sunday's forecast & tracking Maria Angelica Hale to join Darci Lynne in Vegas live shows Several recent accidents involving trains NC teacher's hand-washing experiment goes viral WATCH: Officers & fire fighters arrive to grant girl's birthday wish NFL Great opens up about Alzeimer's fight More Stories Panovich: Outer Banks likely to see Maria's impacts Sep 23, 2017, 11:00 p.m. Recent fatal accidents involving trains bring up… Sep 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Remembering Chelsea: Community honors her legacy… Sep 24, 2017, 12:27 a.m.