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2008-08-19 12:00:29

By Michael Savage Di Wrightson used to complain that a row of bungalows blocked the view of the sea from her home in the picturesque village of Happisburgh, pronounced "Haysbrough", on the north Norfolk coast. Now she says she wishes they were still there to block her view. Those bungalows have now been claimed by the encroaching North Sea, along with a road, part of a meadow - and Di Wrightson's garage. Her home on Beach Road now sits precariously near the edge of a cliff that was...

2008-08-17 21:00:27

By ROB YOUNG & ANDY COBURN By ROB YOUNG & ANDY COBURN The Coastal Resources Commission, North Carolina's coastal rule- making body, recently denied an appeal by several Outer Banks property owners to postpone indefinitely the removal of sandbag seawalls protecting oceanfront homes. With this decision, the CRC has made it clear: The time has come for sandbags to go. It may seem strange to deny property owners the right to protect their investments, especially when it means...

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Gareth McGrath, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. Jul. 17--With the state budget passed and legislators itching to get out of Raleigh, time appears to be eroding for supporters of legislation that would soften the state's ban on hardened structures along the coast. Faced with disappearing beaches, valuable oceanfront property teetering on the edge of the Atlantic and few options beyond pulling back threatened homes or expensive beach nourishment projects, some coastal officials have...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By CHRISTINA ABEL After about three years of losing sand from the dunes behind their homes because of beach erosion, some homeowners in South Ponte Vedra Beach are regaining sand, very slowly and naturally. Resident Gary Close said he's among those who have gotten a pleasant surprise - more sand on the dune behind his house. "Sand has built up in front of the bulkheads and the beach has a slope so high [the] tide does not reach the [temporary sea] walls the way it used to," Close said....

2008-06-15 15:00:22

One angler calls it "vigilante vandalism:" concealing boards with 3-inch nails in the sand along a sandy road that fishermen use to drive to the western side of Quonochontaug Breachway. Three vehicles have run over the nails and blew out their tires, but no one has been hurt. Todd Fiske, a landowner there, says his sister Lisa drove her car over one of the hidden nail traps. "I'm just fortunate that my daughter didn't step on it," Lisa Fiske said. Investigators found 10 boards with...

2007-08-13 12:20:33

By Lindell Kay, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Aug. 13--NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH -- Considered a beach erosion expert by some and a beach nourishment opponent by others, retired Duke University professor Orrin Pilkey will be speaking in North Topsail Beach on Tuesday. "I am excited at the opportunity to present my view of beach nourishment to the people of North Topsail Beach," Pilkey said Friday. "This is a community where beach nourishment was apparently voted down, but the...

2005-08-30 14:40:00

A study published in the latest issue of Restoration Ecology finds that in coastal Louisiana, oyster reefs help to deter erosion. Oyster reefs are self-sustaining, and are additionally attractive because they use native materials, have the potential for long-term growth, and contribute to overall ecosystem stability and quality. Oyster larvae move in groups and water-borne chemicals stimulate the oysters' settlement; reefs are therefore able to maintain themselves as new recruits settle and...