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State officials begin campaign against coastal sandbags


GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- State regulators are seeking a court order to force a Kure Beach condominium complex to remove sandbags that have protected the facility since 1985.

The move comes as other state officials prepare to enforce a May 2008 deadline set by the state Coastal Resources Commission to remove the bags that protect homes, hotels and roads. Commission members warn it will be a contentious issue in the next year.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed a complaint last month in New Hanover County Superior Court trying to force Riggings Condominiums to remove sandbags first allowed more than two decades ago.

Owners of the 48-unit condominium complex are fighting removal. Association officials filed a petition last week that says the erosion was caused by nearby projects.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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