"This is a power grab by a small handful of economic interests that profit off of the use of our environment," said Todd Miller, executive director of the N.C. Coastal Federation. "It puts the foxes completely in charge of the hen house."
You've got to understand, in the twisted mind of a Republican, the people who are positioned to profit the most from a board or commission seat are exactly the ones who need to be there. What's in the best interests of the public doesn't even register, because one person making an assload of money will (magically) improve the lives of everybody else. And as far as institutional knowledge:
Worried about erosion at the volatile ends of their beach towns, some coastal officials have championed the groins as a way of controlling erosion. They also call relocating threatened properties and "abandoning" the valuable real estate to Mother Nature impractical and naive considering the economic and political realities on the ground.
Believing you can thumb your nose at Mother Nature is impractical and naive. Unfortunately, it will be somebody else who pays for that behavior, not the one engaging in it.
Some members of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission say they weren't trying to undermine a 25-year-old policy of banning coastal seawalls and jetties Thursday when they declined to support a proposal to keep the ban.
But undermining the ban is likely the impression that many legislators will get after the commission voted 8-5 to send a muddled message to Raleigh.
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