Coastal Policy

  • Motions Filed In Appeal Challenging CRC

    An attorney for a couple suing the Coastal Resources Commission says reams of scientific studies on sea level rise and erosion are irrelevant to his clients’ property rights case.

  • Hyde Seeks FEMA Grants to Raise 114 Homes

    Hyde County is applying for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to elevate 114 houses in Ocracoke Village, which was inundated during Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.

  • Audubon Challenges CBRA Sand Mining Rule

    The National Audubon Society has sued Interior Secretary Bernhardt over a decision to allow federal funds to pay for mining sand from Coastal Barrier Resources Act zones.

  • 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.