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What will the future hold for Outer Banks beach towns?

As sea levels rise, beach towns like Nags Head will increasingly have to deal with legal and economic issues. Court battles over property rights along East Seagull Drive in the town are a tip of the iceberg as the future unfolds. Nicholas Kusnetz writes an in depth piece for Inside Climate News.

Condemned homes mark what was once Seagull Lane in Nags Head. Most of the homes have been demolished or removed after litigation. Photo, Kip Tabb

Condemned homes mark what was once Seagull Lane in Nags Head. Most of the homes have been demolished or removed after litigation. Photo, Kip Tabb

“This hurricane season, Lance Goldner harbored an unusual wish: that his beach house on North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks would collapse in a storm.

Goldner bought the property with his brother 14 years ago, when it was part of a row of cottages perched above the high-tide line. They’d planned to rent it out, but for much of the past decade, the faded yellow structure has stood vacant. Today, insulation spills from its bowels. Windows are boarded up. And high tides wash underneath between pilings, even on calm days.”

 

Get the rest of the story on Inside Climate News.

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