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Fight continues against beach erosion, coastal towns hope for terminal groins

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A terminal groin is prohibited in the state of North Carolina. So why are town leaders in Holden Beach and other coastal towns fighting for one? They say it is a solution to erosion. "Suffering damages during hurricanes, property owners are subject to monetary losses whenever their properties are damaged," said Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett. So what is a terminal groin anyway? It is a structure, sometimes built with rocks, which extends out from the coastline. It's purpose is to control erosion and stabilize shifting inlets. Every year, beach towns like Holden Beach spend millions on beach renourishment projects. Many say it has been a costly band-aid trying to stop Mother Nature. "We would not have to continually nourish the beach once we had a terminal groin in place." If passed, Senate Bill 832 would help. The bill is bogged down in a committee, with no future in sight. It would not legalize building a groin, it would only give towns the ability to research it's benefits. "We just want the ability to study, analyze, and see if we can prove that it is the right thing to do. We would like to have the opportunity to do it," Mayor Alan Holden said. Until the ban on a terminal groin is lifted, town leaders say the east end of Holden Beach will continue to wash away. Senators Julia Boseman and R.C. Soles support Bill 832. It has not yet been scheduled for a vote.

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Beach Erosion Solution for Homeowners

You know what is sad? The fact there is a solution out there for homeowners but the political environment makes it near impossible to get those solutions in the property owners' hands. A New England company, Earth Protection Systems, has been trying to get their product "out there" - its incredible, unique and simple to install...yet the bureaucratic nonsense continues to stall their efforts. With each and every passing day beaches are eroding! Perhaps with enough "noise" from homeowners they can demand access and be empowered to save their properties?

Don't do it!

I hope this bill doesn't get off the ground. We don't want our great state to ruin its coast with groins and other permanant structures that starve sand from other beaches down the coast. Its a slippery slope because once you install the first then beaches down the coast need them too because they are not getting any of the sand flowing down. We don't want to end up like New Jersery with its ugly seawalls where there is no beach left! These homeowners need to suck it up and lose heir homes if that is what mother nature decides. You can rebuild inland!

Get the facts

Beachlover is using the old favorite argument about "not becoming NJ" without knowing what a terminal structure is. A properly designed terminal structure is not a hardened structure and will not retain any more sand than is necessary to protect the end of an island from being sucked into an inlet. People argue that we should not mess with the way "Mother Nature" wants to naturally move the sands around. This problem is not caused from trying to fight Mother Nature - it is caused by the MANMADE activities of creating the ICW and inlets to it. Of course, beachlover can't help but throw in the "rich, stupid homeowners" argument. Some of the homeowners affected bought cottages that were FOURTH ROW 30-40 years ago and can't afford to move. These aren't rich people and these aren't mansions. Come to Ocean Isle and talk to some of the people affected there. Also, it's not just homeowners, some $60 million of OIB infrastructure including streets, sewer, electrical, and cable have been sucked into the ocean. Do you want sewer accesses opened into the ocean by erosion? As for the environment, a terminal structure actually improves the turtle and shorebird habitats. Have you ever seen a loggerhead turtle nest boil over? It's an awesome sight to see an endangered species reproduce. The problem is that the nesting area is being reduced as the beach is being sucked into nearby inlets leaving dedicated volunteers to move what few nests can even be established to safer parts of the beach - a risky operation. Finally, did you read that this bill does NOT automatically approve terminal structures? It simply allows that they be studied and gives the Coastal Resource Commission - which is chartered with protecting Carolina beaches - the option to use this tool in the very limited number of areas where it will prevent inlet erosion. It does NOT authorize the use of a jetty, seawall, or any other hardened structure - which is what you actually refer to when you reference New Jersey. I invite all readers to understand these facts and not be swayed by the overly simplistic and simply wrong arguments of people like "beachlover"

Hitting home!

Wow realbeachlover you must live in one of these 4th row houses. Sorry you can't afford to move. Its shows how truly irresponsible builders have been when even the fourth row back is in danger! I know this is just opening a study but I have extensive knowledge of local oceanography and do want to see a move in this direction. Sounds like Oak Island is reaping what they have sewn. When you build in a bad location in the first place how can you be upset when the outcome is bad. Also they should not be able to rebuild especially if the sewer is leaking back into the ocean. I don't think you love the beach you must just love your own property. Pretty shallow "realbeachlover."