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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-24-08 03:45 PM
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11. a sort-of similar case in my hometown
a little different, though, because the laws regarding the dunes are murky and lax in enforcement...

Norfolk officials say dune projects are often illegal

From a public access ramp at 13th Bay Street in Ocean View, evidence of people enjoying the beach abounds.

There are tables and chairs, boats, observation decks, fire pits, flag poles, tiki torches, picnic tables, fountains and even swing sets.

Problem is, most of these items sit on public land or on fragile sand dunes, harming them, city officials said.

Residents need the city's permission to build on the dunes, which Norfolk spends about $2 million per year replenishing. The dunes protect beachfront property from storm damage.

But few residents have asked for that permission, said Lee Rosenberg, who manages the city's environmental services bureau. Rosenberg told Mayor Paul Fraim's Ocean View Task Force recently that a survey of the beaches found nearly 400 residents have illegally intruded into the dunes. He said the problem in Ocean View has never been worse.

"Essentially what you have is people homesteading public land," Rosenberg said. "In some areas, it's out of control."
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