Coastal Policy

  • Property Owners Score Win in Bridge Dispute

    A judge has granted a judicial review to property owners near the site of a planned bridge to Harkers Island, including the Coastal Resources Commission’s vice chair, who are challenging permits for the project.

  • Judge Rules Duck Beach Access Is Public

    A judge has ruled in favor of Outer Banks business owner Bob Hovey and his wife Tanya, who have long advocated for public beach access in Duck and who filed a lawsuit arguing that a walkway posted as “private” was in the public trust.

  • State Extends Time For Input On New IHAs

    The Division of Coastal Management has added another month for public comments on proposed redrawn inlet hazard area boundaries and associated development rules that have some beach towns concerned.

  • Rule Change May Threaten Coastal Areas

    The recent reversal of a rule that limited where sand from federally restricted coastal zones may be placed may help towns with beach renourishment but could also put sensitive resources at risk.

  • State Conditions Sunset Beach Dredge Permit

    The N.C. Division of Coastal Management has issued a permit to Sunset Beach to dredge south Jinks Creek but with conditions, including limiting excavation to less than half of the requested depth.

  • NC’s Next Sea Level Rise Study to Eye 2100

    The next update to the state’s periodic review of sea level rise science will consider projections out to 2100, not just the rolling 30-year time table the previous Coastal Resources Commission had mandated.

  • Cleanups Net More Than 200 Tons of Debris

    Efforts to clear wood, fishing gear and other debris that Hurricane Florence scattered along a 42-mile stretch of N.C. coastline collected more than 200 tons and numerous vessels.

  • Swamp No More: New Plan Ahead for River

    No longer classified as a swamp, work is to begin on a new plan to address the Lower Cape Fear River water quality problems that prompted the attempted regulatory end run.