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Beachfront property owners ordered to remove sandbags

Posted October 1, 2008

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— State officials have notified 21 coastal property owners that they must remove their protective sandbags.

The large sandbags were supposed to be a temporary way to protect buildings from the encroaching ocean until an alternative solution could be found. Many of the sandbags have been in place for more than seven years, and state regulators decided to enforce the temporary permits property owners received to place the sandbags on the beach.

All but two of the 21 properties notified are in Nags Head, and many are Sea Gull Drive houses that were condemned after the recent nor’easter. The other two include a house on Figure Eight Island near Wilmington and the now-famous house used in the just-released movie "Nights in Rodanthe."

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  • familyfour Oct 2, 2008

    I don't see the prb wih a few sandbags, but I also think that if you choose to live next to the ocean, you should be prepared for everything...including the rules...which don't always make good sense.

  • Mid-Rd Oct 2, 2008

    The owners should have to pay to remove the condemned houses piece by piece. Letting them go bye-bye simply turns the house in liter in the ocean.

  • RonnieR Oct 2, 2008

    Sadags do't let mother ature take her course. We all know that it isn't a good thing to fool with mother nature.

  • bbad238 Oct 2, 2008

    What's wrong with a few sandbags? As long as they're covered up with sand who cares?

  • Hell-Raiser Oct 1, 2008

    If those officials would pull their heads out of their rear ends, they would realize that because of the sandbags, that part of the beach is still there. OOOOHHHHH..... amazing concept, isn't it??? Is it really that hard to figure out?

  • batcave Oct 1, 2008

    A moving barrier Island was not meant for homes, if you choose to , take it like it comes.

  • pbjbeach Oct 1, 2008

    OH DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY THE PEOPLE WITH ENOGH MONEY AN THAT MAKE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTATIONS ON BOTH SIDES THEY WILL ENDURE AN THEY WILL GET TO HAVE THEIR WAY . IN THIS DAY AN AGE OF DEREGULATIONS A FEW LITTLE OLD SANDBAGS WON'T EVER STAND IN ANYBODYS WAY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER PEOPLE USUAL GET WHAT THEY WANT OR AS I USE TO HEAR MY MOTHER SAY BY EITHER HOOK OR CROOK. JUST LOOK AT HOW WELL THAT DEREGULATIONS HAVE WORKED FOR THE NCDOT AN THE F.A.A & THE F.D.A. AN LEAST NOT FORGET OUR WONDERFUL BANKING SYSTEM NOW DAYS JUST SEE HOW WELL IT WORKS THANKS

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 1, 2008

    They shouldn't allow people to build near the shore.

    You can't beat mother nature in a fight.

  • mikemikemike Oct 1, 2008

    What's wrong with some sandbags?

  • RonnieR Oct 1, 2008

    It is abou time, they've delayed long ehough in enforcing the coastal rules.

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