State Senate Considering Coastal Jetties

The North Carolina Senate is trying again to change 25 years of coastal rules and allow oceanside communities to build jetties.

The state Senate voted 37-11 on Wednesday to change a bill extending the deadline for marinas to install equipment allowing boats to empty their on-board sewage. The provision would give the Coastal Resources Commission authority to allow construction of what's called a terminal groin.

The House hasn't acted on a bill allowing the jetties installed in inlets since it passed the Senate last year.

A terminal groin traps sand, keeping the shoreline intact and holding it out of the inlet. Environmentalists argue they steal the sand from coastline areas where it would collect and encourage risky waterfront construction.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    Mountain, seriously, go hug a tree. If humans are that bad ridding the world of yourself would be a step in the right direction. Kimo, the point those that disagree with this are trying to educate people of is simple. Putting jetties up to control the "flow" of sand into the inlets we've cut deeper with dredges further screws with the way water and sand move on the coast. This change causes the beach erosion and filling of tidal creeks that are some the exact problems they are trying to fix. It also allows sand to pile up around the area of the jetties causing developers to push closer to shoreline. Then in the event of a strong storm or a break in the jettie the sand washes out and results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damages. Make better sense now?
  • by mountain Location: mutt on Jul 8, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    The use of jetties made and installed by humans! The very same creatures that have destroyed this planet! Whats one more man made disaster going hurt!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jul 8, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    God forbid that we should do anything that the environmentalists don't like. There used to be an old saying that "temperamental" was nine tenths temper and the rest mental. The same thing might be applied to the environmental- with a slight variation. Nine tenths mental and the rest environ.

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