|Wellington By The Sea|
Numerous times in the past few years, the ocean has encroached way too close to private properties along the beach between First and Third Street in Kill Devil Hills. As recently as three weeks ago the ocean was tearing away the last few feet of sand that separated it and the Wellington By The Sea condominiums at Second Street.
|Recent erosion behind Wellington|
By The Sea
Kill Devil Hills, NC.
The planning office of the Town of Kill Devil Hills and state CAMA officials seem to agree with the beach walkers about parallel sand fencing. Both told EyeonDare that sand fencing can only be placed on the beach at "short, 45% angles" spaced in such a way as to leave openings. Parallel fencing is allowed in rare cases if it is atop a dune and not at the base of a dune and not on the flat beach. And, such, may to be the case with the new sand and fencing currently behind the Wellington condominiums. Following complaints, CAMA officials say they will look into the matter.
|File photo - Mariner Motel - Kill Devil Hills, NC|
And, then there is the question of buried and exposed sandbags along this same stretch of beach in Kill Devil Hills. It remains to be seen whether the town, like Nags Head, will require the bags to be removed before beach nourishment begins.
|Aerial photo showing parallel sand fencing behind Mariner|
Motel, Kill Devil Hills. Fencing was washed away by
ocean. (photo: Dare County GIS)
Without a doubt, the battle of private versus public property rights will get testy in the months ahead as Kill Devil Hills' beach nourishment project becomes closer to reality.