Presentations from April’s Public Forum

On April 29, 2016, the federation, the Holden Beach Property Owners Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center hosted a public forum on terminal groins. Experts gave their perspectives on the geological and fiscal impact of a terminal groin at Holden Beach. Below are the videos from the presentation, as well as the presentation slides without audio.

Mike Giles, coastal advocate for the federation, and Tom Myers, president of the Holden Beach Property Owners Associated, gave the opening remarks. In the video below, they explained terminal groins and provided background information. The presentation slides are also available.

Dr. Stan Riggs, a coastal geologist in the Department of Geology at East Carolina University, provided a geological perspective on inlets and how terminal groins affect them. The presentation slides are also available.

Dr. Doug Wakeman, an economics professor at Meredith College, and Andy Coburn, associate director of the Program for Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, discussed why publicly-funded groins cost the community more than they help the community. The presentation slides are also available.

Geoff Gisler, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, discussed the environmental impact statement (EIS). The EIS model overestimates erosion and seems to show the terminal groin will protect only five or six properties from erosion. The presentation slides are also available.