SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) – The North Carolina Coastal Resource Commission is meeting in Sunset Beach this week. During their meetings, they discussed several issues including the use of sandbags, sea-level rise and setback criteria for certain buildings.
Right now, many coastal communities in North Carolina use sandbags to protect their coast lines. Current regulations say the sandbag structures can only be in place for five years before being replaced. The commission is looking at extending that time for some areas.
"We're looking at communities that are primarily seeking beach nourishment projects or actively seeking inlet relocation projects in order to allow those communities to commit to protect them with sandbag structures a little longer so those projects can get off the ground and get completed," said Michele Walker, the public information officer for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management.
Members of the commission also discussed a draft sea-level rise policy. The policy would not have any regulations attached to it, but is meant to get everyone on the same page when it comes to the potential of rising sea levels.
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