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huh? Who's Success?

You have no idea of what you are talking about.
So do you hate Democracy or Freedom of Speech?

As for paying for beach re-nourishment… allow me to blow that up… I grew up on Wrightsville Beach…

Before the 1970s, most of New Hanover County, and in fact, the entire southeast region of the state, was sparsely populated, underdeveloped and cut off from the state's core growth area RDU. Because of this, the land, housing, and labor of the Cape Fear region were significantly less expensive than national averages. This attracted developers. Like Darth Vader, Dark Lord of subcontractors.

Back before 1984 there was nothing on portions of Wrightsville beach… there was also Boy George too but s/he doesn’t have anything to do with this story. Anyway, then some developer wanted to build hotels and houses… But the Army Core of Engineers did a survey and stated that the land there was too unstable and subject to natural tidal shift to support large scale development… Then in 1985 Legislature in a strange case of "Doing the Right Thing" passed a law to discourage coastal development by instituting a ban on hard structures, such as seawalls and breakwaters on beaches.

The developers then put on a wife-beater and walked right through that law like Chris Brown through a restraining order and built it all anyway. These guys were aided in the early 1990s by the expansion of ILM and the extension of Interstate 40 (Which originally was to terminate at Atlantic Beach), both of which increased accessibility to Cape Fear and increased population to the tune of 12,532 people between 1990-98. Can’t be mad at the developers… They were simply doing what they do… making money…

By 1994 the buildings at the north end of the island were ready to go right in the water… But the legislation swooped in a great example of political gutlessness changed that 1985 law to allow for some sand bags within 20 feet of the structure…

Yea!!!! We saved rich people’s houses with tax-payers’ dollars by changing laws!!!

Regardless Mason Inlet on the north end of Wrightsville Beach moved nearly one-third of a mile between 1984-96. Nature:1 Sandbags:0

Ya see... Islands around here are migratory… we have storms and that means that the constant pounding by wind and sea causes islands like Wrightsville Beach, erode and change shape year after year. And now that Wrightsville Beach is pretty much plumbed out for development space the local government has to constantly find ways to keep the island from doing what it would do naturally… Sinking into the sea or moving to Brunswick County…

So they have to raise taxes on the island, find every way to squeeze a dollar out of the tourists and college kids, and beg the state for money… It’s a self-perpetuating process or evil… Like being a smack junkie, watching Honey Boo-Boo or being a president. And THAT is why people get mad.


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