State Senate Approves Terminal Groins

The State Senate approved a bill Monday to permit new structures to prevent erosion on the coast. The measure about terminal groins now moves to the State House.

The measure would allow property owners to apply for permits to build terminal groins on the coastline in order to prevent erosion and protect beachfront property. Terminal groins jut out from the shore, perpendicular to the coastline.

A similar measure passed the State Senate in 2009 but failed in the House.


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  • by PJ Williams Location: Buxton, NC on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:06 PM
    I am a resident of Cape Hatteras and can tell you first hand the affects jetties have on the coast! One is nature will take it course, you build a jetty, the beach to the south of that jetty will start to disappear! Again Oregon inlet is the biggest example, the Corp built a rock jetty to keep the inlet open,that didn't work and now the road south of the inlet floods every time we get any sort of weather, property owners in Rodanthe have lost there propert due to the same jetty! Example number two, The first jetty at the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the currents run from north to south on the northern beaches, thus the south side of the jetty is the problem, slowly but surely the beach is disappearing. I was born and raised on these beachs and can tell you first hand that the locals are against any thing that affects mother nature,nature will take it course weather you like it or not, that's the beauty of living on the Outer Banks!80% of us aren't wealthy, we get out and get it just like u
  • by Ummmmm on Mar 15, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    Elizabeth - Please take a second to think. Who will benefit from this? Wealthy landowners who own expensive property. They will be the ones who can afford to build these things and they will be built to protect their property that only a wealthy person could afford. I did not say they would get it for free. Please read what I wrote. The rest of (the majority) will be stuck with the adverse effects caused by these things.
  • by factsjack on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    How do you define return on investment? A bought and paid for politician.
  • by ibxer on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Stupid is as stupid does. See you at the ballot box.
  • by Chuck Location: Hertford on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    Great, now our beaches can look like those nasty ones in New Jersey and other states. When will the OBX folks learn that the natural beauty is what will drive tourism in the future, not cheesy artificial things. If those folks who built on the wrong side of the dune lose their homes, so be it, that is the way of the land when you build on a barrier island. These just rob sand from further south. Many believe the groin at Oregon Inlet has helped erode the sand which causes the constant overwash of Hwy 12 and look what an expensive mess that is to maintain. Life on a sandbar is beautiful but is risky and all know the risks but want the government to keep them up through subsidized insurance and road maintenance. Let the natural world thrive and the tourism will follow because it is so very rare these days
  • by anon Location: snow hill on Mar 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    These groins will give the property owners some time to sell their property and get out before the politicians and lawyers decide it would be better to let the Outer Banks go natural. Another swindle on taxpayers. Doesn't matter Dem or Repub it has to do with wealth. If you are wealthy, you can afford the best government and legal system in the world. If you are NOT wealthy you are basically screwed.
  • by Jon Location: Chocowinity on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    We own a condominium in an oceanfront complex. Some politicians are elected on a fiscal responsibility promise, the cost of groins and the ongoing maintenence costs vs. experienced benefits elsewhere really can't justify a decision to build more groins. While I would wish it were otherwise, I think this is not a wise decision by the Senate. One who buys or builds on a barrier island should understand the dynamics and accept the risks of 'building on the sand'.
  • by Elizabeth on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    Um, what are we giving to the wealthy by this happening? The legislature allows them to APPLY for a PERMIT. Not get the whole thing built for free. A permit has to be applied for before you do any building on your property, this will just allow people to apply to be able to build it. Please read the article again!
  • by Harold Location: NC on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    Sandman.. you are right about the effects of a groin. Anon@7:36... you are wrong about a democracy. A democracy is not about the majority of the people but a majority of the politicians. That is why our forefathers chose a REPUBLIC. Please learn the difference and reference Art 4 of the Constitution.
  • by Hmmmm.......?????? on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    I need to go back and read that contract with America document. Somewhere I just do not recall screwing up our beaches in the name of a few wealthy land owners as being part of it.
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