Sandbags Along The Coast: Should They Stay Or Go?

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.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Every time we have tried to harness mother nature, we are the ones that lost. The Corp of Engineers have been trying to harness the Miss. river for years, what have they gained? What about the dams and dikes in NO, La.? You just cannot harness the oceans, the tides, and of course those 100MPH winds and if you think you can then you need to wake up. Let the investor beware.
  • by Remove the sandbags Location: ENC coastline on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    Ask a PhD Geologist or expert on the dynamics and ramifications involved here and see what they have to say.
  • by chris Location: MHC on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Oldtimer, in order for the area to prosper from these "valuable" properties, the innies have to be greater than the outies. The revenue generated does not even come close to how much we as tax payers spend to keep this scam going. The only ones that benefit from these "valuable" properties are the ones that own them. So as an invisable investor, IT IS A HUGE WASTE OF MY MONEY. By the way, I live on the coast as well, just someplace that does not wash away during every storm.
  • by oldtimer Location: eastern NC on Jul 16, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    I would say the homes are valuable if used as rental properties since they bring revenue to the area. What is it about people inland that they don't understand that tourism is a major source of tax revenue for the beach towns, state, as well as for the local businesses.
  • by lost Location: horizon on Jul 16, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    Beach erosion control by humans is just another diaster in the making and when you choose to live on a moving sandbar build high and cheap!
  • by Chris Location: Morehead on Jul 16, 2010 at 03:52 AM
    I would say these homes are expensive, not valuable.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 at 02:20 AM
    Its the Ocean!!! You cant defeat the OCEAN!!!!
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 15, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Remove the bags. Let the houses fall where they may.
  • by BeachGoer Location: NC on Jul 15, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    I'm glad you guys reported on this, however your reporter really needs to know the town that she is reporting from... She was in Emerald Isle, not in Beaufort.
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