15,000 linear of ocean shoreline protected by sand bags. Some structures in place more than 8 years Inventory
Compliance with Standards
1995 Amendments Size,location,and burial Time Limit – 2-5 years Provision for beach nourishment projects Used one time per property
Removal and Extensions Hurricanes Variances
Post Hurricane Floyd Records indicate 141 subject to removal Physical inventory reveals 236 permits
2000 Petition for Rule Making Additional extension to 2006 Science panel recommends conforming to size limits Definition of actively pursuing beach nourishment CRC extends deadline to 2008
2005 Sandbags not removed prior to beach nourishment
Covered but not vegetated
Varied Expiration Dates Along Structures
Large Structures Adjacent to Small Structures
Removal Issues: Buried Bags Intermittently Exposed Bags Combined Structures Varying Removal Dates Large (>5,000 sf) Structures Adjacent to Small Continued Beach Nourishment Studies
November 2007 CRC ultimately decides to enforce current rule. DCM sends letters to 371 property owners notifying them of the May 1, 2008 deadline. March 2008 DCM inventories sandbag structures. Prioritize structures based on compliance with rules and impediment to beach access. CRC denies Petition for Rulemaking that would allow special provisions for commercial structures. May 2008 CRC denies second Petition for Rulemaking seeking to remove time limits. Finds merit in provision for Inlet Hazard Areas
May 2008 cont. DCM receives 29 sandbag variance requests. CRC Comprehensive Beach Management Subcommittee recommends precluding use of sandbags under single family exemption. Considers alternate structure design. July 2008 CRC amends rules. Allows 8 years in IHA with inlet relocation. Removal when no longer needed. Allows use of sandbags multiple times. Additional actively pursuing criteria. September 2008 DCM notifies 21 property owners that they have exceeded their time limits.
October 2008 CRC allows covered and vegetated sandbags exposed due to Sept storms to be recovered under Emergency GP. January 2009 ALJ dismisses stay of enforcement by 18 recipients of sandbag removal letters. DCM sends NOVs to property owners notified in Sept 08. August 2009 Session Law (H709) establishes moratorium on removal of sandbags in communities pursuing beach nourishment or inlet relocation. Moratorium does not prevent enforcement of other rule provisions.
Sand Bag Permits Assuming 61 structures permitted prior to structures removed in dare County. 298 structures permitted Total Sand Bag Structures Estimate a total of 349 sand bag structures. Estimate 149 sand bag structures to be removed.