NC House Changes Would Test 3 Coastal Jetties

A 25-year North Carolina ban on concrete or other walls to block wave action is being tested.

The state House plans a vote Wednesday on legislation that would let the Coastal Resources Commission to test the effectiveness of coastal jetties to slow the erosion on islands along inlets.

The legislation would allow up to three test cases, no more than two of which would use public funds.

Supporters say the measure would protect inlets and development from encroaching surf. Environmentalists say jetties don't work and will cost millions of dollars.

The version which had already passed the Senate placed no limits on the number of projects.


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  • by PJ Location: Cape Hatteras on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    Ok, Stupid is what stupid does! I am a resident of Hatteras island and have been for 35 years, this is not what we need nor want! Instead of spending tax dollars on jetties that we know will fail, lets spend it on a high rise road from Rodanthe to Oregon inlet, because the last Rock jetty the experimented with eroded our island from south of the bridge to Rodanthe, claming property and state roads in the process! This is not Rocket Science folks, make a mistake once, live and learn, make a mistake twice, that's just pure STUPID!
  • by Henry Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    Want first hand information concerning beach erosion and jetties, just ask the citizens of Cape May, New Jersey, about this subject. The Cape May area has lost vast amounts of beach frontage due to experimenting with jetties. As taxpayers, we should consider reimbursing the beach front home owners for their losses once these jetties prove to be a total failure.
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Apr 20, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    Build the jetties create revenue by saving the beaches and this creates jobs which pay taxes which creates more jobs. Sounds like a good plan.
  • by Lackeymandag Location: Jamesville on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    If they can save some of our coastline from eerosion for just a little while, these jetties will easily pay for themselves in revenue and tax dollars. They may be Republican jetties, but the money they create are surely GREEN!
  • by YET Location: Onslow on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    We still want to continue to pay unemployment way past due. AND we still have chump change somewhere to pay the printer to make more and new "LOTTERY tickets. She talking big but sounds like the same old throw money at it and it will go away to me anyhey.
  • by henry Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    No money for school teachers, state employees, or Medicare, but the Republican general assembly has an unlimited budget for their rich beach buddies. What a bunch of hypocrites. With North Carolina in financial ruins, you would think these Republicans would refrain from being another Mike Easely.
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  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    Yet another short sighted solution that will just add to expenses later (which I am sure the Republicans will dump the blame on Democrats). This is just like preventing abortions in low income families by de-funding Planned Parenthood, but then once the baby is born Republicans complain about having to take care of it. The mother is single and unable to take care of it on her own, so she seeks help from the government for help, gets chastised and all because she would have terminated the pregnancy and prevented this unwanted situation.
  • by I Fought the Law on Apr 20, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    A TEST......yeah right. So after it fails (which it's already a FACT that they don't work) what are they going to do then??? And why are these people we elected focusing on this instead of the budget deficit, jobs, crime, etc. Bunch of useless knuckleheads.....throwing more of our tax dollars away on useless crap.
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