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State Senate passes terminal groin bill 28 to 5

Dr. Robert Parr

The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has now passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk. 

The final version of Senate Bill 151, designed to make it easier for beach communities to install terminal groins for erosion control, passed the Senate 28 to 5.

The first draft of the Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 provoked shock – even outrage among some environmental watchdog groups around the state.  The bill makes it easier for beach communities to get through the terminal groin permitting process – largely by removing what had been prohibitive financial requirements. 

And while the North Carolina Coastal Federation is an outspoken opponent of the erosion control devices, spokesman Mike Giles says his group is happy that lawmakers kept the statewide limit of four groins in place. 

“Some of the mitigation and protections on mitigation, repair of environmental damage that has been taken out of the bill has some concern.  But right now, we’re comfortable with the bill as it’s written.”

Giles credits Representatives Rick Catlin of New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County with modifying the final legislation to preserve what will be a terminal groin pilot program for the state. 

To read the Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013, click here.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.