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KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — With beach renourishment way overdue, residents at a Pleasure Island condo complex say the sandbags protecting their homes have been more exposed than they normally are.

The sandbags at The Riggings in Kure Beach have been on the beach for decades, and though an eyesore and possibly even a safety hazard, they are protecting residents’ homes.

Homeowners at The Riggings have fought for years with the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission to keep the sand bags where they are, but the erosion situation is not getting any better.

“It’s worse,” homeowner Jim Young said. “This is the worst I’ve seen it since I’ve been here.”

Residents say their beach has not been renourished because of the coquina rocks nearby. Some neighbors are concerned about the exposed sandbags and being able to walk along the shore. Riggings residents say there’s nothing they can do.

“We haven’t put any more sandbags,” Young said. “They have been here for years, and it’s erosion. It comes and it goes. In a couple weeks, it will be back.”

Resident hope the sand bags will be covered during the next round of renourishment.


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