Kinnaird: We are turning our beautiful beaches into New Jersey (video)

The NC Senate approved legislation Wednesday that lifts a cap on terminal groins, allowing for these small jetties to be built at all the inlets along North Carolina’s coast.

Supporters say the hardened structures are effective at controlling erosion. But critics have long argued while terminal groins may protect one area, they cause further damage to other properties down the coastline.

Orange County Senator Ellie Kinnaird argued that she was greatly concerned about the push to strip away environmental protections:

“They are now allowing the terminal groins in the 14 inlets, and there are practically no restrictions,” explained Kinnaird. “So, what we are doing essentially is turning our beautiful North Carolina beaches into New Jersey. Do really want to look like New Jersey? Or do we want to keep our beaches what they have been for all of these years – a wonderful sweep of clean beach.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown suggested it was time to let those who live at the beach year-round take care of the coast:

“I try not to get up here in meddle in your stuff…but it sure seems like everyone wants to get involved in the coast,” said Brown.

The N.C. Coastal Federation has also voiced reservations about the legislation which weakens safeguards put in place in a 2011 bill.

Senate Bill 151 passed third reading (36-11) and now moves to the House. To hear a portion of Wednesday’s debate, click below:

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3 Comments

  1. drumman

    May 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    There’s a couple of things wrong with Sen. Brown’s home-rule form of governance:1) the beaches are by law held in trust for ALL North Carolinians, even those who live in Chapel Hill, like Sen. Kinnaird and 2) the N.C. General Assembly will likely be asked to pay the lion’s share of the costs to build and maintain these walls of rocks to protect rich people’s beachfront houses. That money will come from ALL taxpayers, even those in Chapel Hill.

    Sen. Brown should stick to selling cars. He obviously knows little about governance.

  2. wncgirl

    May 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    yeah!! you mean we get to pay more, so the wealthy who choose to thumb their nose at nature can have a nicer view!! whee! I am loving this of the people for a few of the people the Republicans are peddling! And what a brain trust they have elected… 6 months after the election and we still can’t get an answer out of our Representative about where he graduated college… Anybody out there Know? Mark Meadows… real estate shill out of Highlands— famous for pretending to be a good ol boy from the mtns…

  3. Frances Jenkins

    May 17, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Meadows has never said he was from the mountains. Just another bored liberal trying to be an IRS agent.