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2011 limit placed on coastal jetties could end in final North Carolina budget proposal


RALEIGH, North Carolina — Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of new coastal jetties along the North Carolina coast. This time, they're trying to do it in the final budget law.

Negotiators on environmental matters confirmed Wednesday they've recommended a provision in the two-year spending plan that would eliminate a cap of four such structures approved in 2011. They say it's part of an agreement that also located more money for dredging from the state gasoline tax.

The jetties are hardened structures that collect sand and block currents that may otherwise cause erosion. Opponents say they're expensive and only shift erosion elsewhere.

The negotiators backing or eliminating the cap say it'll be up to top House and Senate leaders to decide whether the change stays in the final budget compromise.

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