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Edwards opposes building underwater wall to prevent erosion near beach home

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WILMINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has come out against building a submerged wall to fight erosion at the private island where his family owns a second home. Such permanent seawalls and groins are banned in North Carolina, but a proposal before lawmakers would allow one as part of a pilot program. Some residents of Figure Eight Island - where beach erosion is threatening about 20 houses - have offered to pay for the structure if the project is approved. But a spokeswoman for the Edwards campaign said the former North Carolina senator is not in favor of building the groin, which is like a jetty. Those in favor of the project say they have significant support from others on the island, located just north of Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington. Approval from lawmakers could come as soon as May. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Only because they have the money!

I think it's nice the residents are willing to pay for this project themselves. However, are they willing to continue to pay for any up keep on the wall. Or will this down the road become a NC tax payer issue. Should they sell the home, will the new homeowner be willing to accept such a responsibility? If this gets approved, it's only because the money is talking. In my opinion, these folks with all the money to purchase/build these nice homes right on the ocean fronts should have known before making such huge investments that mother nature and the tides are always against them.

Of course Edwards opposes it!

Johnny may have a house on Figure Eight Island, but as our own Socialist Robin Hood, his self-inflicted Schizophrenia causes him to hate the residents of Figure Eight Island with a passion. After all, they're wealthy and in the case of this seawall, they're willing to pay for it themselves. They represent everything he hates. After all, self-reliance and individual responsibility are traits that all Democrats despise....especially those who are nothing more than Hugo Chavez with a $400 haircut. You folks on Figure Eight should forget about the seawall and simply accept your fate as bottomless cash wells for Comrade Johnny's latest nutjob proposed give-away.