Another Nor’ester has plowed up the Atlantic Seaboard and while North Carolina largely avoided scenes like that in the Boston suburbs of the ocean breaching seawalls and flooding homes and businesses, all along the Atlantic coast, the storm claimed millions of cubic yards of sand. A quick visit to the Bogue Banks of North Carolina quickly confirmed the beach erosion.
A shot of the vital dune line at Emerald Isle, North Carolina is a vivid reminder of what’s at stake.
Since 1979, the minimum oceanfront setback requirement for permanent structures in North Carolina is 30 times either the historical long-term erosion rate or two feet per year, whichever is larger. It’s measured from the seaward line of stable dune vegetation. That’s why when you visit the beach, you’ll see signs posted every one hundred feet or so up and down the coast that read, “Stay Off The Dunes.” Thanks for your visit. See you next time.