North Carolina aims to stop development deal by buying Sunset Beach land

North Carolina
9oys-across-north-carolina[1]_1523875135228.jpg

North Carolina taxpayers may buy out a developer who wants to build expansive beach homes on part of a barrier island considered so fragile that public money can’t be spent on flood insurance, disaster recovery or utilities.
    
The News & Observer reported the state is prepared to pay to prevent the developer from turning the marshlands and dunes on Sunset Beach into plots for nearly two dozen eight-bedroom homes.
    
The state budget approved last month set aside $2.5 million for the 35 acres bordering a bird sanctuary. A required appraisal could determine the ultimate purchase price.
    
The state Department of Environmental Quality manages the neighboring Bird Island Coastal Reserve, a protected research area of salt marsh and tidal creeks that harbor loggerhead turtles and other threatened species.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

news-app-download-apple-350x50news-app-download-android-350x50