To no one’s surprise, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission yesterday sided with its science panel and agreed to a rule change that will lift the development restrictions from Mad Inlet at Sunset Beach.
Beach & Inlet Management
The state’s Coastal Resources Commission will take up a controversial proposal when it meets today to remove an old inlet from state rules that restrict development near inlets, but Sunset Beach wants the CRC to table it.
Though a possible beach widening project is still months off, the Dare County town has begun considering a taxing plan to pay for it.
Regulations that control development around the state’s ever-changing and sometimes volatile inlets are being reexamined in a new study currently underway.
The latest skirmish in the ongoing war for sand to re-nourish beaches has broken out on Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore.
A controversial proposal that would loosen development rules on land where a tidal inlet once separated Sunset Beach from Bird Island will again be considered by the state Coastal Resources Commission when it meets next month.
What the federal government refused to fund, towns on the Outer Banks have committed to tackling, and more — pumping sand onto beaches in Duck and from Kitty Hawk to South Nags Head. All to the tune of $42.6 million.
Sen. Kay Hagan and Rep. Walter Jones have introduced bills to support North Topsail Beach’s push to persuade federal officials to erase much of its coastal barrier zone boundaries.
The Senate’s proposed budget contains a provision that creates a task force to look into acquiring the notorious inlet in Dare County from the federal government.
Several boating and fishing groups and boat manufacturers are opposed to a bill that would raise the yearly registration fee on all recreational boats in North Carolina in order to pay for dredging inlets along the coast.
Emergency legislation before Congress that is intended to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy would also send $11 million to the Outer Banks to dredge clogged Oregon Inlet and the Hatteras ferry channels.
A beach re-nourishment project is credited with minimizing damage in South Nags Heads during Hurricane Sandy.