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Judge: Kure Beach sandbags can stay

Posted January 19, 2009

— A New Hanover County judge has ruled that a Kure Beach condominium complex can keep its protective sandbags in place.

The Riggings has used the sandbags for more than two decades.

The ruling is a blow to a Division of Coastal Management effort to remove more than 100 sandbag walls on the coast. State officials last fall 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 years, and state regulators decided to enforce the temporary nature of the permits property owners had received to place the sandbags on the beach.


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  • cragan Jan 20, 2009

    LEt nature take its course and the condos with it

  • seeingthru Jan 20, 2009

    they had no business building there in the first place-do dollars dictate everything here?

  • lane817 Jan 20, 2009

    at last a judge with sand in his crawl

  • Adelinthe Jan 20, 2009

    Well now we know for sure, the laws only apply to some.

    Surely these people could have come up with an alternative method by now. Why in the devil didn't they...hang it all?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • foleykathatar Jan 20, 2009

    You know what happens next, don't you? The General Assembly caves into development pressure and allows "terminal" groins, which will be followed by "regular" groins which will be followed by more groins to fix the problems caused by the previous groins. Eventually, seawalls will be sought (and had) and, when that happens, we can kiss the beach good bye.

  • PaulRevere Jan 20, 2009

    The homeowners are sandbagging natural processes. If you build a home on shifting sand...

  • superman Jan 20, 2009

    They are certainly an eye sore. They would never allow them in Cary.

  • Ol Forrester Jan 20, 2009

    Once again, a judge has decided he's smarter than the experts who have been studying a problem for years. And, yes, we'll be paying for his decision for years. Can we "unelect" him?

  • Frizz Jan 20, 2009

    If you're foolish enough to build on shifting sand you deserve the consequences. What chaps my behind is that the government will end up paying for the stupidity of these wealthy idiots.

  • mjjunk Jan 20, 2009

    The sad thing is that now they are going to have to ban sandbags over X size. That way the people aren't allow to put them up to begin with. This will cause more homes to fall into the ocean without being able to save them by moving them away from the ocean (as was the intent of the original sandbag allowance).