By Santa Aguila Foundation
North Carolina has, arguably, the best record in the United States of protecting its coastline and making most of their beaches accessible to the public. In 1985, the North Carolina legislature voted a law prohibiting the constructions of jetties, groins and seawalls, as well as stone revetments, structures installed to protect the coastal residents from the changing littoral zone. However, in 2008, a handful of homeowners on Figure 8 Island pushed the state to reconsider their decision with another vote.
This documentary in The Beaches of The World series was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Glenna Patton.
Join our campaign to support the ban on hardened beach structures.
- Keep Our Beaches Public and Natural by North Carolina Coastal Federation.
- Download a white paper on the negative impacts of Groins (PDF).
- Additional information on beach stabilization techniques and structures can be found at the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.
- Download the State of North Carolina Bill (SB 832) (PDF) to permit the use of hardened beach structures.