Stories by Author: Coastal Review

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GOV January 25th, 2023

Coastal Review: Federal rule reinstates longstanding clean water protections

President Biden’s final rule defining “waters of the United States” reinstates federal protections for millions of acres of wetlands in North Carolina. The rule, announced late last month, puts back into place longstanding clean water protections for streams, lakes, ponds and upstream wetlands that significantly affect what are considered traditional navigable waters, or waterways that…Read More from Coastal Review: Federal rule reinstates longstanding clean water protections

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OBX Life January 18th, 2023

Coastal Review series chronicles balance of life, development in the Currituck Banks four-wheel drive area

From an outside perspective, it can be hard to understand why people are willing to spend so much to live in a place as remote as Carova. From the North Carolina-Virginia line to the start of the paved road in Corolla, North Carolina, there are three unincorporated communities: Carova Beach, North Swan Beach and Swan…Read More from Coastal Review series chronicles balance of life, development in the Currituck Banks four-wheel drive area

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Real Estate January 17th, 2023

Local family donates 56 acres in Bertie County to Coastal Land Trust

Coastal Land Trust announced this week a donation of 55.75 acres in Bertie County for conservation. The sizable family farm was donated to the Coastal Land Trust in late December by two brothers, Wayland L. Jenkins Jr. of Ahoskie and Joe Henry Jenkins of Nags Head. This property, a portion of what has traditionally been known…Read More from Local family donates 56 acres in Bertie County to Coastal Land Trust

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OBX Life January 15th, 2023

Coastal Review: Exclusive Carova showcases costs of coastal development

From an outside perspective, it can be hard to understand why people are willing to spend so much to live in a place as remote as Carova. From the North Carolina-Virginia line to the start of the paved road in Corolla, North Carolina, there are three unincorporated communities: Carova Beach, North Swan Beach and Swan…Read More from Coastal Review: Exclusive Carova showcases costs of coastal development

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Real Estate TECH December 28th, 2022

Coastal Review: Restoration firms show off living shoreline tech

To keep up with how the shoreline stabilization industry is evolving, a team of shoreline restoration specialists during its recent meeting invited a handful of companies to talk about their proprietary techniques to build the alternative for hardened bulkheads and seawalls. Living shorelines are made of materials such as salt marshes, sand, rock or oysters,…Read More from Coastal Review: Restoration firms show off living shoreline tech

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OBX Life December 22nd, 2022

Coastal Review: 1898 Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station must go, but where?

The Old Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station is one of the most beautiful historic buildings on the Outer Banks, situated at a dramatic coastal location that would befit a movie setting. But it’s got to go. Where and when and to whom is what the North Carolina Aquariums — the building’s current owner — is trying to figure…Read More from Coastal Review: 1898 Oregon Inlet Life-Saving Station must go, but where?

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Food & Drink December 18th, 2022

N.C. residents report illness associated with Texas oyster recall

North Carolina restaurants and stores may be impacted by a recall issued for any shell and shucked oysters harvested between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 in the southeastern Galveston Bay, Texas, designated TX1. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the recall Wednesday. There have been numerous cases nationwide, officials said, adding…Read More from N.C. residents report illness associated with Texas oyster recall

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Weather December 13th, 2022

Coastal Review: Weak tropical cyclones are intensifying as oceans warm

In September 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 hurricane. Tropical storms and Category 1 hurricanes are classified as “weak tropical cyclones,” and account for 70 percent of all tropical cyclones. Despite their name, weak tropical cyclones can still do a lot of damage — and their impact may be…Read More from Coastal Review: Weak tropical cyclones are intensifying as oceans warm

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BIZ GOV December 12th, 2022

Coastal Review: State delays decision on Enviva Ahoskie air quality permit

The state has put on hold final action on a controversial draft air quality permit for Enviva’s Ahoskie Plant to increase its wood pellet production by more than 30 percent. Enviva submitted the request to increase its output from 481,800 oven dried tons to 630,000 oven dried tons per year in August 2020. The draft…Read More from Coastal Review: State delays decision on Enviva Ahoskie air quality permit

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GOV TECH December 5th, 2022

Coastal Review: Draft wind energy areas off North Carolina coast may be downsized

Proposed central East Coast offshore wind energy areas, including two off the northern North Carolina coast, may be scaled back in size by the time they are finalized early next year. Sea scallop fishing, a NASA danger zone, a proposed shipping safety fairway, and marine habitat could further trim eight draft wind energy areas, or…Read More from Coastal Review: Draft wind energy areas off North Carolina coast may be downsized