North Carolina's coast apparently isn't what it used to be.
Charles Peterson is a UNC biologist. He says the population is increasing along with property values and construction and the water is rising about a tenth of an inch each year, and that's a problem.
Changing water levels mean more frequent and expensive beach nourishment projects. Restricting development is one possible aid to the problems, but it wouldn't be popular because of the affect the coast's economy, which is driven by tourism and construction.