HAPPENING TODAY: McIntyre to visit area beaches, talk renourishment
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Congressman Mike McIntyre will visit several area beach communities Thursday to talk renourishment.

According to a spokesperson, Rep. McIntyre will be in both New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, accompanied by local leaders and Army Corps of Engineers.

The Congressman will head to Carolina and Kure Beaches first, to check on the sand pumping as a part of the beach renourishment projects that McIntyre helped secure funding for.

Rep. McIntyre will visit Fort Fisher's Air Force Recreation Facility before heading to a 7th District Coastal Communities luncheon, where he will give an update on coastal projects in the area.

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Ever notice that Masonboro doesn't require renourishment? Nice long sandy beach, longer from dune to shoreline than Wrightsville, Figure Eight, or Carolina beach. The island migrates just like the others, but there are no houses to measure shoreline loss against. Maybe we should all be realistic and have a long view of coastal management that includes moving building and rebuilding easements with the high tide line and dune lines. Yes, some houses will NOT be able to be rebuilt on the beaches as erosion and storms take their toll, but that seems less insane than dumping money into the ocean each year for new sand. Through time and attrition the barrier islands would eventually return to their intended natural purpose of protecting the coast, and providing estuaries for marine life. And oh, by the way, those that would protest about tourism and tax revenue, how about a state or national park for the entire Islands of Wrightsville beach and Figure Eight with electric bus service from Mayfaire? The hotel industry would boom. Ecotourism would boom. Of course another idea would be for those Islands to pay for their own renourishment through property taxes? Seems they're not real keen on sharing the beach anyway.

all excellent suggestions

Mr Pork Barrel is on the roll again, and here's where I'm coming from, think of all the years McIntyre has been in office and running around with those big old dredging and renourishment checks passing them out like candy, if this man cared one bit about getting the budget under control he would have been running dead ahead to find some workable solutions to this sand problem, he prefers to move the sand with a side cast dredge in the inlets, then every time along comes a little wind it's shuts the inlets back up, he loves to renourish beach's with sand or dirt especially that can be trucked in, then a good blow wash's it away.

Not one time has he ever jumped on the band wagon for jetties, which would provide a good protection for our inlets and actually improve inshore fishing, not once has he ever jumped on the bandwagon and pushed for terminal groins, which was approved and disappeared, another more permanent solution for beach erosion. Of course then you wouldn't be constantly handing over those cardboard checks.

The very least he should have been doing was demanding to get more bang for the buck, there is no reason why these inlets dredging and renourishment was not tied together, get a suitable dredge company to pump the sand from the inlet to the beach's, get twice the bang for your buck, you got the inlet dredged and the beach renourished, but these should have been temporary solutions while the jetty's and groins were being erected, it's not right to keep pouring tax payer dollars down an endless hole with no end in sight!

Another alternative would be to fund the initial purchase of the equipment needed to dredge and pump the inlets and beaches.

Jetties and groins are used in New England extensively but they still have to re-nourish sporadically. New Jersey had to re-build the beaches after Sandy so groins and jetties are not an end all but they certainly do reduce the "maintenance" dredging that seems to happen all too frequently here.

But Mike is passing out monies appropriated by the ENTIRE congress and both Republicans and Democrats take great pride and pleasure at handing out big checks to their constituents at home. They also like it when company's in their districts get big government contracts. Mike is doing his job as the others are, unfortunately.

Vog

If you want a pristine example of what jetties can do to a shoreline, just look at the Jersey Shore. Jetties can do much more harm than good over the long haul!

...the EPA, the fisheries and obviously know nothing about about their stance on the impact of hard structures to modify inlet washing. Terminal groins are a temporary solution and only applicable as a last ditch effort to save beachfront properties. That method isn't applicable to the large scale efforts of inlet control and management.

It is also very clear that you have no idea of the stance of our current Federal government and their allocation of monies to perform inlet dredging efforts. They do not care and without MacIntyre in there pushing hard, we would get zero. Our country is currently pre-occupied with gay rights, supporting illegal aliens and Americans that had rather suck on the governmant dole rather that earn a living. Our coast is not only a local attraction, but a national one as well with people coming from all over to visit here, fish here and play here. Without functional beaches and inlets, everyone loses.

While I understand your point of the constant maintenace of our inlets and beaches, it's just the way it is and it is essential that we keep them maintained. To your point, there IS an end in sight! The day is coming where the beach communities will be soley responsible for this work as we will be abandoned by the feds, so with all of YOUR "knowledge" and all of YOUR "ideas", stop criticizing and whining, get out there and see what YOU can do to boost and maintain what McIntyre has rolling! I seriously doubt I'll hear about "B M" accomplishing anything!

well as long as you and McIntyre are happy with the status quo and don't care to hunt solutions and taxpayer dollars don't run out you guy's are in good shape, but if he is so senior and powerful then by now he should be capable to effect changes in the way we do business, just because some environmentalist have stood in the way of permanent solutions doesn't mean that he should just knuckle under, of course when you haven't been in the private sector making a living you lose sight to hunting solutions, but one thing is for sure, side cast dredging and the way they go about renourishment is a losing proposition, the very least that could be done is pump the sand from the inlets to the beach's and get more bang for your buck, of course that wouldn't make sense to a democrat either.

printed up Mikey? Say cheese!! ;)

Is probably going to tell the local contingent not to expect as much beach re-nourishment (waterfront renewal) money.
This will mean belt tightening for the County if they want to keep pumping sand on to our man tourist attraction - the beaches.

Remember the ROT fund has been raided by the city to fund the CC. The county is losing over $2.5M in tax monies because of it I believe.(I'd have to go back and check the figures)

Vog

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