The state Senate gave another boost to jetties to control beach erosion.
Senators today sent to the House a provision allowing the Coastal Resources Commission to approve permits for jetties - or terminal groins as their supporters call them. The jetties amendment, which was attached a bill on marinas, passed 37-11. The bill was sent to the House.
The House has not been as eager as the Senate to embrace jetties.
Scientists have found that building a groin on one beach causes erosion of other beaches, said Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, a Carrboro Democrat.
North Carolina is one of two states that does not allow construction of new jetties, seawalls and groins on the coast.
A study of terminal groins resulted in Coastal Resources Commission recommendations this year on conditions that should be attached if the legislature decides to allow them.
Sen. Clark Jenkins, the Tarboro Democrat who sponsored the amendment, said that whoever asks to build a groin would have to provide some financial assurance to cover its removal if the commission decides that it's harming the environment.