No Room In Paradise: Seeking Alternatives For A Brighter Future Public Deposited

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  • Miller, Todd
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Coastal regions of the nation have gained immense popularity over the last two decades. In the sixties, U.S. population grew twelve percent while the number of residents in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states increased forty percent. The 1970 census reveals that more than half of the nation's population is within an hour's drive of the beach (Funk, 1977). This accessibility and increased leisure has escalated demand for waterfront property. North Carolina has also had growing demands placed on its coastal resources by recreational activities. Between 1958 and 1970, the tourist trade in coastal North Carolina increased by 168 percent (East Carolina, 1971). In 1970 the state ranked ninth in the United States in terms of the number of second homes (66,811) within its borders. By 1976, the coastal region alone had attracted an estimated 83,690 recreational properties (Burby, 1979). Tourism and second home development provide many benefits for coastal communities - increased tax revenues, recreational opportunities, jobs, and an improved market for marginal farmland. If not properly managed, however, such rapid development may eventually destroy the very qualities of the local environment that attracted visitors in the first place. Residents of Ocracoke Village, a coastal community in North Carolina, are currently facing this threat. Their experiences, which have been documented by several surveys and numerous interviews, provide valuable insights into some of the tough planning problems that leisure industries pose for coastal communities (Miller, 1977).
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 22
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