County Declares Six Houses on Buxton Beach Unsafe, NC

Sandbags, North Carolina. Photo source: ©© Beth


A Dare County building inspector has put up “unsafe structure” notices on six oceanfront houses north of this town on Hatteras Island, the Island Free Press reported yesterday. Most of the houses were presumably protected by sandbags.

Most of the recent erosion seems to be in an area where owners had placed sandbags in front of the houses…

Read Full Article and View Slideshow, Island Free Press

Sandbagged: The Undoing of a Quarter Century of North Carolina Coastal Conservation, Op Ed by Gary Lazorick (07-04-2011)
Rows of houses with overlapping sandbag walls create huge problems. The walls do as much damage to the beach as hardened seawalls. Removing the sandbags from one property potentially damages all of the others…

“Seawalls Kill Beaches,” Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, (10-03-2014)

Seawall ‘Option’ Won’t Wash, Post & Courier, (10-23-2014)
Hard erosion control devices aren’t generally allowed on South Carolina beaches, and with good reason. Here’s why: Seawalls actually can accelerate erosion, often on adjacent property.

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina’s Coast, (11-15-2013)
Professor Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University, with North Carolina Public Radio host Frank Stasio, discussing the consequences of climate change and how rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina…

“North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving,” A Video featuring Orrin Pilkey, PhD
World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem…

Sea Level Rise Accelerating In U.S. Atlantic Coast, USGS (06-25-2012)

North Carolina Should Move With Nature on Coast, News Observer (01-05-2015)