Town of Emerald Isle Accomplishments Part 1: Public Use of Beaches

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This will be a blog series on the Town of Emerald Isle's accomplishments throughout the past year.


The Town's Efforts to Preserve the Public's Right to Use the Beaches in North Carolina

The Town of Emerald Isle has worked rigorously since 2011 to defend the public's right to use the beach here in Emerald Isle, and all of North Carolina. Those efforts paid off recently with the successful resolution of the Nies v. Emerald Isle court case. This case threatened to change the public's historical use of the flat, sandy beach between the base of the dunes and the water, and could have resulted in remarkable consequences for any and everyone who enjoys North Carolina's beaches.

Luckily, with the December 2016 refusal of the NC Supreme Court and the October 2017 refusal of the United States Supreme Court to further consider the Nies case, the November 2015 decision in the NC Court of Appeals in favor of the town is now the definitive case law on the public's right to use the beach in North Carolina. The Town had worked hard with numerous partners on this crucial issue over the past 2 years, and is delighted that the public's historical right to use the beach remains intact! 














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