US House vote helps Carolina Beach renourishment project

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) -- The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation authored by Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers Corps from terminating the Carolina Beach renourishment project. The legislation was attached to the Corps budget bill and passed with unanimous support, according to McIntyre's office.

Specifically, the language of the amendment would prohibit the use of funds for the termination of 50-year coastal storm damage reduction projects. The first project set to expire is in Carolina Beach in 2014.

"This is one more step toward victory for Carolina Beach," Rep. McIntyre said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to keep the Carolina Beach renourishment project going forward, as it is important for the economy and the environment of New Hanover County. This amendment should compel the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with providing necessary guidance on the reauthorization of these projects to local communities in North Carolina and throughout the country. These projects are too important to be left in legal limbo!"

McIntyre's office says the Congressman has been working several options to address this problem, including an effort to expand by ten years the authority for these 50-year projects. McIntyre says this amendment is necessary because no clear direction has been given for how 50- year projects are to be reauthorized upon expiration.

"Beach renourishment is critical to public safety and for the protection of private property for businesses and homeowners," McIntyre said. "Ending this project and initiating a new start project from scratch would require potentially millions of dollars to be spent on duplicative reconnaissance and feasibility studies. That kind of spending is wasteful and unnecessary, would require many years of delay, and could put lives and property at risk from hurricanes and harsh weather."

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For the commercial fishermen who's lively hood is affected - I'm all for it. For homeowners who built On the Beach - sorry.
But I have a solution that encompasses a lot of different areas.
We all know that commercial fishermen need to have access to the ocean.
We also know the honorables want to build a new super port in Southport which, shaves 3 miles off the travel distance to Wilmington (big deal)
We also know the channel starts at Frying pan shoals and is 26 miles long and shallow.
In other words - it's not condusive to good business as far as ports go.
So lets do this.
Build a road from Fort Fisher out to Frying Pan and a connector from Fort Fisher to I-40. Make the road concrete, 8 lanes wide. In the middle place above roadbed pipelines. Where the road hits the ocean build lower level docks, and provide free docking to all commercial boats.
Line the road with both wind turbines and or solar panels that would provide power to the lights on the roadway and signal devices. Terminate the road at Frying Pan with a "T" that extends out 1 mile and make this the biggest deep water mooring port on the east coast. Import oil through this port and hopefully build refineries and storage facilities here.
We end the need for keeping local channels open as the fishermen now have direct ocean access. We end the need for a new port near Southport. We also end the constant dredging of the Cape fear river. And make the whole thing energy efficient wind wind and solar power generation that we could sell to "the grid".
It provides thousands of jobs both construction and otherwise, and is a single ribbon of road way out to Frying Pan.

C'mon Ghoulsby here's a job creating bill for you........

Facetious of course
Best Regards
Vog

A look at one person's view that no one will ever go for. Sounds like a boat load of bull*hit vog46