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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has again put its support behind allowing coastal regulators to approve putting hardened structures at the edge of coastal inlets to protect development along North Carolina’s barrier islands.

The Senate tentatively agreed Thursday by a 35-13 vote to end a 25-year ban on building new jetties, just as they did in 2009 and 2010. After one more vote the bill goes to the House, where supporters think they’ll have more support this year with the change in leadership.

The structures collect sand and block currents that might otherwise erode island edges. Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville says the bill has safeguards to ensure a jetty is necessary and is kept up over time.

Environmentalists say jetties are too expensive and shift sand to unintended locations.

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  • Guest461

    “…allowing coastal regulators to approve putting hardened structures at the edge of coastal inlets to protect development along North Carolina’s barrier islands.

    Key words, “…to PROTECT DEVELOPMENT along North Carolina’s barrier islands.”. This to protect high-end beach housing, not the islands themselves. Anyone with a single grain of sense should know not to build a million dollar plus home on the north end of an island even close to the proximity of an inlet. Inlets migrate to the south on our coast and are contantly moving.

    So now we are going to have tax payer money pay to save someone’s opulant home because they were stupid enough to build it there in the first place?

    This is a very slippery slope we’re getting ready to slide down! Looks like money talks….

  • Guest28403

    Yes you are right…to protect development, and tax base, and tourism. Money does talk. Many of these “high-end” beach houses contribute well over $20,000 each, per year in real property taxes to local governments that provide YOU services. North Carolina and Oregon are the only states that prohibit these sensible structures. Its time we wake up. These structures will SAVE taxpayers millions when it comes to protecting tax base, and saving money on beach nourishment projects. Think about it…

  • cintrek

    If you do your research regarding other beaches around the world that have hardened structures then you would know that this only creates greater erosion in time. I’ve lived near a beach that did that & in just a few years they have no beach front & during low tide barely any room for walking. When that happens in NC to protect beachfront property then we’ll definitely need the extra tax $$$$ for beach renourishment so we can have a beach to walk/layout on otherwise it will only disappear. Some of those beaches have stopped beach renourishment because it became too costly so they have no more beach front. Let’s become educated & realize that the beach is what brings most tourist here, what will happen when that is gone?

  • BeachBum57

    If you like a beach groin, take a drive up to NJ.

    There are beach “triangles” where the groins block the flow of sand, temporarily retaining some sand in front of the groin, but causing excess erosion just below it.

    I’ve lived in NJ, Delaware and NC. Today, NC has the most beautiful beaches. Put these groins in, and soon, NC beaches will look like Jersey beaches, dangerous, ugly, unusable half of the day.

    I vacationed up in Duck NC in 1985, and it was amazing to see the natural migration of the beach and the dunes, westward. It was beautiful and magical.

    Aside form the fact groins don’t work, the initial $10,000,000 price tag will grow and grow, until we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year, just to retain the beach triangles.


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