State Agency To Discuss Its Role If Sea Levels Rise, Beach Erodes

Public beaches are defined as anything below the high-tide line, and rising ocean levels will likely push the high-tide inland.

So what happens when private oceanfront erodes, and where's the line between public and private property rights?

Those issues and other related topics will be discussed this week the state Coastal Resources Commission meets in Greenville.

Although questions remain about how human activity may be affecting the ocean level, there's general scientific consensus that the level is rising and will likely increase as the century goes on.

Experts say North Carolina's coast may be especially vulnerable because its beaches are sinking at the same time.

The commission is trying to determine what roles state agencies should play in those and other related situations.

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  • by Simon Jacks Location: Jacksonville on Nov 29, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    I will never see this happen in my lifetime, but I do believe that it is possible for the city of Jacksonville and beyond to one day be completely submerged under water unless humanity as a whole can get a secure grip on our current global warming issues. Not a pretty thought, but I firmly believe that the possiblities are there. I just hope and pray that future generations will start to recognize and pay close attention to the global changes that are occuring, some right in our own back yards. I've been around just over a half century. And just using common sense tells me that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to notice the obvious.

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