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I do not dispute....

... anything you have written from a scientific point of view. I take issue, however, with the contention that simply because these islands move with the littoral current, that we cannot manage their development to a degree that is economically feasible. I have no problem with special assessments to residents of the barrier islands to pay for beach renourishment.....as long as it is reasonable and fair, since it's not only the residents who benefit from that beach. For example, as long as Wrightsville Beach is a public beach, public funds should help pay to maintain it. The Mason Inlet move was a worthwhile expenditure of general tax dollars as it benefitted far more than the residents of Shell Island. (You will note that Figure Eight residents paid entirely because their island is private.) As I said, tax dollars are used to maintain the public infrastructure, and that includes sand replenishment of public beaches.

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