When Al Gore spends time at the North Carolina coast he stays at Figure Eight Island in a 7,000 square foot house voted most likely to fall into the ocean. A thin stretch of beach separates the house from the rising sea along with a temporary line of sand bags 25 feet away, due for removal May 2008 in compliance with coastal regulations. Sand bags on the beach are double edged swords, protecting the land side while accelerating erosion on the ocean side. Owner Parker Overton filed a spirited variance request with the Coastal Resources Commission in February for a March hearing.
Part of the variance request referred to the passing of SB 599 (what I refer to as the Terminal Groin Injury Act) in 2007 due to be heard in the House 2008 which would allow a terminal groin pilot project, presumed to be destined for a location close to the house. Among political contributors on Figure Eight Island Parker Overton and his wife are the most generous. As recently as December 2007 they each contributed $4,000 to the campaign of Marc Basnight.