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Outer Banks town adopts boardwalk, pool restrictions

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Officials in the Outer Banks town of Duck have adopted new restrictions on private boardwalks and swimming pools to protect dunes. (The Town of Duck) Officials in the Outer Banks town of Duck have adopted new restrictions on private boardwalks and swimming pools to protect dunes. (The Town of Duck)
DUCK, N.C. -

Officials in the Outer Banks town of Duck have adopted new restrictions on private boardwalks and swimming pools to protect dunes.

Last week's changes come less than a year after Hurricane Sandy scattered debris from decks and walkways for miles and collapsed at least eight pools in Duck.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., reported (http://bit.ly/1dOEhPv ) Monday that the new ordinance limits private boardwalks over the dunes to 4 feet in width. Pools, gazebos and other structures must be at least 30 feet landward of the first line of vegetation, which typically is at the foot of the dunes. Public boardwalks can be 6 feet wide. Decks of 8 square feet on private walks are allowed if they are built at least 15 feet from the first line of vegetation.

According to a town fact sheet, wider boardwalks require larger pilings sunk up to 16 feet into the sand, which can destabilize dunes. Four-foot boardwalks require smaller pilings sunk only 5 feet.

No one opposed the new restrictions at last week's public hearing. But Andy Garman, director of community development, said some have sent emails objecting to limits being placed on what they can do with their properties.

Becky Steorts of Duck attended the hearing to support the new restrictions.

"We don't want the structures to be more important than the beach itself," she said.

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