Ever notice that Masonboro doesn't require renourishment? Nice long sandy beach, longer from dune to shoreline than Wrightsville, Figure Eight, or Carolina beach. The island migrates just like the others, but there are no houses to measure shoreline loss against. Maybe we should all be realistic and have a long view of coastal management that includes moving building and rebuilding easements with the high tide line and dune lines. Yes, some houses will NOT be able to be rebuilt on the beaches as erosion and storms take their toll, but that seems less insane than dumping money into the ocean each year for new sand. Through time and attrition the barrier islands would eventually return to their intended natural purpose of protecting the coast, and providing estuaries for marine life. And oh, by the way, those that would protest about tourism and tax revenue, how about a state or national park for the entire Islands of Wrightsville beach and Figure Eight with electric bus service from Mayfaire? The hotel industry would boom. Ecotourism would boom. Of course another idea would be for those Islands to pay for their own renourishment through property taxes? Seems they're not real keen on sharing the beach anyway.
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