RALEIGH, NC (AP) — People worried about rising sea levels in North Carolina have found relief in a new forecast.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that local residents and officials expressed relief Wednesday at a meeting of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission.
The meeting was the first public comment session since a revised estimate that sea levels are likely to rise between 6 and 8 inches in North Carolina over the next 30 years.
That’s a much different picture than a report in 2010 by the same panel that said sea levels could increase more than 3 feet by 2100.
Beach developers and politicians had worried that the state would impose sharp restrictions because of that forecast. State lawmakers in 2012 ordered agencies to ignore the 39 inch increase forecast.