NC House Agrees To Retain Terminal Groin Limit

Coastal policy changes receiving tentative approval in the House keep intact a limit on the number of new erosion control structures at entrances to North Carolina inlets.

The House version of Senate legislation approved 80-33 on Wednesday retains a cap limiting the number of terminal groins to four. The Senate passed the bill earlier and would have removed the cap created in 2011, when a 25-year moratorium on the groins was lifted.

Terminal groins are installed at one end of an inlet perpendicular to the shoreline and designed to protect beaches and property from encroaching surf and sand. The bill does ease some financial requirements and qualifications a local government or private landowners must meet before coastal regulators approve such a structure.

A final House vote could come Thursday.