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This has been a long standing problem

go all the way back to Hurricanes Bertha and Fran in 1996. There's been water lapping at the buildings off and on since then. Water has been under the 4 northern most buildings since around 2000. At least one if not both of the ocean front swimming pools are now hulks or gone due to the erosion.

And so on top of the monthly dues, each owner was smacked with something in excess of $4,000 in special assessments to cover the sand bag cost. Under the circumstances, probably a reasonable expenditure given the alternative.

The town certainly did not want to see the buildings condemned. They represent a major source of property tax dollars to the town and the county.

Why a surprise? The entire island is subject to the ebb and flow of tides. What had once been wide, expansive beaches at the north end, can now be found in Surf City and Topsail Beach.

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