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Lawmakers consider cap on coastal jetties if new bill passes

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- House members want to limit the number of coastal jetties that could be built if legislation passes allowing coastal communities to build hardened structures.

The House Environment Committee agreed Thursday to authorize coastal regulators to permit up to three such projects - two paid for by local governments and one by private sources. The committee agreed to alter the bill that had already passed the Senate and placed no limits on the number of projects.

The House changes also would prevent cities and counties from borrowing money for a project without voter approval.

The measure, heading to the House, would end a 25-year ban on new jetties.

Supporters say the measure would protect inlets and development from encroaching surf while environmentalists say jetties don't work and will cost millions of dollars.

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