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Debate brewing over Wrightsville Beach house

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- A debate is brewing in Wrightsville Beach over one resident's house. The house was built on wetlands along Beech Street. It was built illegally and the owner was fined, but he was allowed to keep his house. Now he wants to subdivide his land and build another house on the property. Neighbors and public officials at a hearing today say he's going too far. Rep. Carolyn Justice said, "We're running out of land to build on. And this is an attractive place to come. They're building on every square inch and we don't need to be building on every square inch." At last check the hearing was still going on. We'll have an update on the outcome of the hearing as soon as we get it.

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W.B.

I think all of the delapidated houses on wrightsville beach should be torn down and not rebuilt. The beach is so tacky with buildings on every square inch. This way, more people could find a place to park and enjoy the beach. It was put here for all peoples to enjoy. Next we'll be hearing calls for a parking deck!!!

Duh

He was lucky to only be fined and not lose the original house. Now he just wants to make big bucks and ruin the environment.

House vs. Land

Whether he knew right from wrong, he was allowed to keep his home. Just because it burned does not mean that he shouldn't be allowed to rebuild. They gave permission last time why should it be different now. Lets not be ridiculous now, you sound like you have some anger there.

Burned

I don't see anywhere in the article where his house burned. It looks like, from the article, that he wants to subdivide his lot so he can build another house on the wetlands.

Beach House

This is a shame, obviously the owner has the money to get away with this. The owner should have been fined and made to take down the house and restore the wetland. Sounds harsh, but a stand has to be made for the enviroment.The owner new right from wrong, but did not care.

WETLANDS

THERE IS A DEVELOPER IN WILMINGTON WHO CONSTANTLY BUILDS ON AREAS KNOWN TO BE WETLANDS. HE GOES TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THEY ALWAYS RULE ON HIS SIDE. THIS GUY GETS AWAY WITH RUINING ALL KINDS OF NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE COMMISSIONERS GO ALONG WITH ALL HIS CHEAP TRICKS.

Wetlands

Who is this developer you're referring too? What neighborhoods has he ruined? Several of these comments seem to be aimed at preserving what some people, without credentials consider wetlands. A wetlands survey is required to build in areas like you are referring too. If you don't do the survey, you don't get a building permit. Perhaps your criticism should not be aimed at the developer or the commissioners, but maybe at what we consider wetlands. As for right now, we cannot ask an investor who has purchased land with the intent of developing it to hold off because we don't want to see another home go up. If he is within the confines of the law, then certainly you agree he should be able to build. If you do not, then your best course of action would be to purchase the land yourself in order to preserve it. There are also agencies, such as the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust that can help with this endeavor. Moreover, I am most interested in who the developer is that you are referring too, and what neighborhoods he has ruined.

Commissioners

Then why don't the voters kick them out of office? Instead they keep re-electing the same people time after time, even though they know what kind of voting record they have.