Cottages On NC Outer Banks Facing Demolition

Nearly 30 cottages on North Carolina's Outer Banks that were damaged by a nor'easter are facing demolition unless they can be moved.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that the 28 cottages are now little more than sources of debris. Nuisance notices issued by the town of Nags Head in late November say the houses will be demolished unless they're moved quickly.

The November storm appears to have struck a decisive blow to vulnerable oceanfront structures. Nags Head public works director Dave Clark says the town lost as much as 70 feet of beach in some places, totaling about $10 million worth of sand. Clark said by month's end, the town had removed about 80 tons of storm debris, and more debris remains.

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  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 16, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Incredibly, all the complaining about tax payer money being used, not one mention that the owners of these cottages probably pay higher property taxes than anyone complaining. They probably have jobs which in turn provide tax revenue to this area. Also not one complaint about the same tax payer money used to fund Section 8 Housing Projects and social programs for non tax paying individuals who do not contribute to "tax payer funding". The owners of these cottages produce jobs and tourist income in the area that support these bottomless programs. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Nothing wrong with getting your money back out of the system.
  • by Taylor on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    A man built his house upon the sand and the rains came and the waters rose and great was the fall of his home. Take your past rent money and build again and leave the tax payers of North Carolina alone. I'm tried of paying for your insurance cost and failures.When the Hatters light house was moved did that not tell you something?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    G, washington, were you not aware that mother nature is a fickle being and does not care whose home she wrecks. Those that live on the banks have hurricanes, those that live in river deltas have floods, others have tornadoes. Yet I know what you are saying, my parents home (located on a river delta) was flooded (5 ft deep in the house),took FEMA 4 years to buy the house.
  • by soundsider on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    I agree that nothing should be built here to replace these homes, but I take no joy in that. This is a sad situation.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    some oh you people complaining no very little about the beach obviously. many of the now ocen front houses now where not built on the ocean front when they where built. The ocean has just gradually come that far in. Also this is one of NC's tourist spots. one good reason to fix it. Tax dollars get wasted everyday on much worse things than this.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Dec 14, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Hey Audra, I hear ya! :)
  • by rsmith Location: nc on Dec 14, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    the home owners ins company should be taking care of this , thats what they have been paying for , the home owners need to get together and go after these ins companys
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    rh, how would you like it if a tree fell on your house, built on a rock in Greenville, and left major damage to the point it is condemned? Then, the insurance co will not pay and the town wants you do demolish it. BTW, Matthew is talking about your faith, not where you build an actual house.
  • by rh Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    reminds me of a song: The wise man built his house upon the rock, The foolish man built his house upon the sand, The rains came down and the floods came up, And the house on the sand went SPLAT! And the house on the rock stood firm Matthew 7: 24-27
  • by JB Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    Good, let the beach go back to nature. And build a bridge so we don't keep wasting money on replacing the sand.
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