Coastal Review: Imperiled Outer Banks beach houses a problem fraught with legal perils

Coastal Review: Imperiled Outer Banks beach houses a problem fraught with legal perils

September 14th, 2022

Editor’s note: The state’s top coastal management official is expected to propose new rules Thursday in response to the collapse earlier this year of oceanfront homes on the Outer Banks and other beach houses currently at risk of falling into the ocean. We will have follow-up from the Coastal Resources Commission meeting here at WOBX.

By Catharine Kozak, CoastalReview.org
Big houses falling into the ocean on the Outer Banks earlier this year had many people wondering why the government didn’t do more to proactively get the houses off the beach before they collapsed, with debris spreading for miles.

The changing climate has added urgency to already complex balances between private property rights and public trust issues. And instead of proactive measures, legal threats have instead resulted in apparent inaction.

Related links:

Share this Article
Send this to a friend