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During hurricane season, luncheon will examine the future of NC’s shorelines

Join NC Policy Watch  Thursday, September 17 for a very special and timely Crucial Conversation luncheon:

Managing North Carolina’s increasingly vulnerable shorelines – now and in the decades ahead

Featuring Prof. Rob Young of the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

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It’s hurricane season yet again and only time will tell what havoc this year’s expected onslaught will bring to North Carolina’s fragile coastal communities. One thing that is clear, however, is that merely following the standard procedure of trying to constantly “re-nourish” beaches by pumping in large quantities of sand from offshore is not a viable, long-term solution.

Indeed, in some (if not many) instances, coastal communities would be much better served to buy up vulnerable beachfront properties rather than trying to protect and/or repeatedly rebuild them. That’s the conclusion of a recent report from scientists at the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, entitled “Coastal Hazards & Targeted Acquisitions: A Reasonable Shoreline Management Alternative – North Topsail Beach, North Carolina Case Study.”

Join us on Tuesday, September 17 as we hear from one of the authors of the report and the director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Prof. Rob Young.

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When: Tuesday, September 17 at 12:00 noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Junior League of Raleigh Center for Community Leadership – 711 Hillsborough St.

Space is limited – preregistration required.

Cost: $10 online, $15 at the door — admission includes a box lunch — scholarships available.

PLEASE NOTE – Online sign-up page will list the “pay at the door” option as “free,” but the actual, event-day cost is $15

Questions?? Contact Billy Ball at 919-861-1460 or [email protected]

Seats are sure to go fast – don’t miss this very special event!

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