Application for first coastal groin processed

The Associated Press

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WILMINGTON — Construction could begin next year on a terminal groin on the shore at Bald Head Island near Wilmington as state regulators process the first application for such an erosion control structure.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the village has applied for permission to build a 1,900-foot groin.

A groin is long erosion structure, often made of stone, extending into the ocean perpendicularly from the shore. The wall catches sand that moves with waves along the shorefront.

The permit request lists May of next year as the time when construction will begin.

In the past, groins have been illegal in North Carolina. But three years ago, lawmakers agreed to allow four along the coast. The Bald Head Island application is the first being processed by regulators.

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