Local government representatives are joining with environmental advocates and business leaders to create an alternative to a controversial recommendation from the Garner economic development report. Instead of doing away with the special use permit process, they hope to cut the red tape for some industries.
Update: The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has passed its second reading in the House.
This article was modified to reflect a correction. The cap on the number of terminal groins allowed in the state, according to the most recent version of the Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013, is four.
Today, state leaders in the House could consider a bill that would ease financial requirements for beach communities looking to install a terminal groin.
Saturday November 19th was a beautiful day on Stump Sound in Onslow County. Over 100 volunteers from WHQR, UNCW students, GE Volunteers and others gathered under the auspices of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to build an oyster reef. A long line snaked from the mainland to the sound, ferrying hundreds of bags of marl (marine limestone) as the base, and later bags of oyster shells to make up the reef itself.