I live across the street from the Riggins. I agree that tax payers dollars should not be used to shore up(pun intended)private homes on the beach. However, the state, many years ago, placed a huge rock barrier on the beach property adjoining the Riggins property. That was done to keep erosion from the only road on the island that goes to Fort Fisher. the NC Aquarium, Fort Fisher itself and the Southport Ferry.
Doing this increased the erosion on the beaches of private homeowners. The state has spent no money on the preservation of the land at the Riggins. The expense was by the homeowners.
Now had they (Riggins Homeowners) taken the federal grant and built across the street, this section of beach would now be underwater and erosion would be creeping up the beach toward the town of Kure Beach. The state would then have to spend millions of dollars in order to keep the island afloat. (again with the puns).
Not only that, but the Riggins property, which would now be underwater, is roadfront. Now the state would follow suit, as they did years ago with the massive rock barricade to save Fort Fisher and the single access highway, have to place a barrier of some kind to save what they have already spent so much money to save.
Now the owners at the Riggins are doing that for FREE. Let the people save their property, at no expense to the taxpayer, and keep a large taxpayer base in Kure Beach. If not, the Ocean Dunes property and condos, which border the Riggins property, will next be threatened. This will be a disaster for the taxpayers because of possible litigation(speculating here)
against the state and county and town of Kure Beack for allowing this to happen by persecuting the very people(Riggins Homeowners) that hold the key to the simole and admirable goal of saving this island for the ravishes of beach erosion. For Free
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