A bill allowing coastal communities to build hardened structures to curtail beach erosion cleared a hurdle Tuesday when the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources gave the bill its blessing.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, allows structures known as terminal groins to be built at coastal inlets. A number of conservation groups have lined up to oppose the bill while some beach communities and towns are supporting it.
Brown was questioned about constructing such structures during a time when lawmakers are challenged with bridging a budget gap. “There’s no state dollars allocated at all,” Brown responded.
The Senate has approved similar bills before. However, no such bill has passed the House.