In some spots along the coast, they are as much a part of the beach as the sand and the surf.
Those sandbags that you see dotting the shore are meant to protect valuable homes and business. But they may have to be removed.
The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission met Thursday to discuss the current moratorium on the removal of sandbag structures, which is set to expire in less than two months.
But we're told the commission decided to delay enforcement until after its September 15th meeting.
Officials did discuss other possibilities that included using geotextile tubes instead of the sand bags.
They even discussed changing parts of the policy so it can better suit residents.