Rebuilding After Floyd?: CRC Regulations and Redevelopment Options Available to Littoral and Riparian Owners Public Deposited

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  • McKown, Aaron M.
    • Affiliation: School of Law
  • Moffitt, Donna D.
    • Other Affiliation: Director, Division of Coastal Management, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • In the early morning hours of September 15. 1999. Hurricane Floyd ripped into North Carolina, pounding away at fragile beaches and dumping more than a foot of rain. When the skies finally cleared, almost one-third of the state was affected by flooding and heavy rains, more than a million residents were without power, hundreds of beach homes had been damaged or destroyed, and the total property damage for the state was estimated at more than $700 million. In addition. Floyd's fifteen-foot storm surge destroyed sand dunes and vegetation used to determine the setback line for oceanfront development along some beaches, thus relocating the invisible baseline significantly inland. As a result, dozens of homes severely damaged by Floyd's fury may now be designated as nonconforming uses, thereby prohibiting these landowners from rebuilding. This article focuses on several post-hurricane issues regarding development along North Carolina ocean shorelines that have emerged in the wake of Hurricane Floyd.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 25
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  • 2
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