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I need a federal grant

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KURE BEACH - Living on the brink of disaster since the mid 1980's, Riggings Condomunium owners in Kure Beach received word last week their homes can now be torn down for relocation with the help of a multi-million dollar Federal grant.

U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre announced on July 23rd the Town of Kure Beach has received $2,713,218 in federal funds to purchase and demolish The Riggings Condominium Complex.
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Congressman McIntyre stated in the press release, This is good news for the property owners at The Riggings Condominiums! They have experienced some difficult times in dealing with hurricanes and property damage, and it is good to see our taxpayer dollars coming home to make a difference.

Condo owners will rebuild on land they own on the opposite side of Highway 421 (South Ft. Fisher Blvd.)
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The politics of sand and Congress at work.
The quote below stands out..
Beaches are public, but access is private.
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Worldandnation: You bought this beach

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, shown on Belleair Beach, says the sand must be replaced. "If you didn't control it in Pinellas, look at all the homes out there you would eventually lose." As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, he plays a key role in allocating renourishment money.
MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J. -- Across the street from his million-dollar home, Michael Schottland has a spectacular beach.

Thanks to a 10-foot sea wall, private stairways and lots of No Trespassing signs, Schottland and his neighbors often have the sand to themselves.
"It's a gorgeous thing to have the beach here," he says. "I can see Long Island on a clear day."

Schottland, a prominent lawyer, is accustomed to paying his own way. He built his house three years ago and pays $12,000 a year in property taxes. But this sand is your sand: The federal government shelled out $6.7-million per mile to put it here.

Schottland and his neighbors in the wealthy town on the central Jersey shore are beneficiaries of beach renourishment, a federal program that pumps sand onto select shorelines from New Jersey to California to Florida.

The subsidized sand protects homes and highways from flooding, but it also boosts real estate values and encourages more coastal development.

"This is truly welfare for the rich," says Duke University professor Orrin Pilkey, a longtime critic of the program. "God knows, there are some very powerful people on these beaches."

Indeed, Congress picks the beaches based on politics and lobbying rather than environmental science. And the millions of taxpayers who pay the bill often can't get to the sand, as coastal towns devise creative ways to discourage the public from using the public beaches.
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Yet critics say the massive federal program is paying for the mistakes of states and towns that allowed too much coastal development.
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Belleair Beach has deftly exploited loopholes in federal rules so its residents aren't bothered by outsiders. Officially, the parking lot for the town marina is supposed to be a public lot for beachgoers. But the lot is unlined, unpaved and mostly unnoticed.

It's across the street from the beach and there is no crosswalk. Anyone who manages to find the parking lot must dodge traffic on Gulf Boulevard to get to the sand.

Meanwhile, parking on the gulf side of the boulevard is for residents only -- a provision so strictly enforced that one city resident, whose home is in his wife's name, says he was required to get a note from her before he could park.
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On the Web site of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, potential visitors to Belleair Beach get this explanation: "Beaches are public, but access is private."

In Monmouth Beach, there's an even bigger obstacle: an imposing 10-foot sea wall that stretches for several miles. Built to protect the town from Nor'easters, the stone wall also fends off visitors who want to enjoy the federal sand.
Wooden stairways -- most privately owned with No Trespassing signs -- are the only way over the wall.
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As for Belleair Beach, Pinellas County coastal coordinator Jim Terry says it meets federal requirements for parking "reasonably near" the beach and pedestrian access "at suitable intervals."
If you read the rules, you might think beaches are picked for federal sand based on a complicated formula about storm damage and flooding. But it's mostly politics, with a little science thrown in for good measure. DeButts, the head of public works for Avalon, calls it "the game."

Although the Corps of Engineers analyzes each project, Congress decides which projects get built. What matters is raw political clout and whether a lawmaker has the chops to insert a local project in a bill.

DeButts says there is a little science involved, but the real way to get money is to "duke it out in D.C." His town hired Howard Marlowe, ...
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In "the game," Congress makes no systematic effort to assess the national needs or prioritize the projects. Committees don't study which beaches are most deserving or have the most critical problems. Instead, sand projects are quietly tucked inside bills, often at the last minute.

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And here is the spin from the other point of view.
Compare and contrast the wordings,phrasing,omissions between the two.

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The ongoing beach replenishment project is in keeping with that duty. The borough of Monmouth Beach is a model for how the program can succeed.
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Access — This borough’s coastline is among the most accessible along the entire Jersey shore. Every day in the borough, nearly 200 free beach access parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Anyone can park in large lots at the MB Cultural Center on Ocean Avenue or the municipal lot off Seaview Avenue, walk across the street, climb the seawall stairs, and enjoy a day at the beach for absolutely nothing. Each summer day, hundreds of area residents make use of this right.
Sand replenishment program improves beach life | atlanticville.gmnews.com | Atlanticville

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What a contrast between Texas and NJ, ...
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Beach erosion threatens coastal homes | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News
"It's just been a big fiasco mess," said Jim Pursley, 68, of Arlington, who has 10 years left on the mortgage for his beach house and stands to lose his retirement savings if the lawsuit fails. "It's a sick society when they try to steal your house from you that you've worked for all your life."
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Buyers sign papers acknowledging that nature could one day turn their property into illegal obstacles to the sand and surf that are legally available to all Texans. But the idea that a law would allow his home and property to dissolve before his eyes was completely foreign to Mr. Pursley and his wife, Pat.
He said they signed the papers on "Golden Sands," their peach-colored beach house, "with our eyes closed."
While the fight grinds through court, he's stuck with a mortgage payment, three insurance policies and taxes. Without utilities, he can't rent the place out. He had worked 42 years to save up the money for a down payment he estimates at about $50,000. He estimates that if the government weren't taking action, the house would be worth about $180,000.

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At the heart of the fight is the 1959 Texas Open Beaches Act, which establishes a public easement on all beaches that must be accessible to the public.
The law says that if natural erosion moves that easement under or behind a home, and the home subsequently blocks access or becomes a public health threat, the home has to be removed – with no compensation to the owner.
The law protects beaches from being co-opted by hotels and homeowners who would buy up every inch of the state's 367 miles of Gulf Coast and turn places like Surfside Beach into private playgrounds.
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HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - Take a wealthy New Jersey beach town that desperately wants wider beaches, add one relentless ocean that washes away the sand, mix in a handful of property owners who don't want to lose their million-dollar ocean views and breezes, and you have Harvey Cedars.

Parts of it are literally falling into the sea.

About 15 homeowners are holding up a beach replenishment for their entire borough out of concern about hurting their property values — even as waves lap at the foundations of other people's homes.

The project, which involves pumping sand from offshore onto the beach using huge dredges, can't be done until all 82 oceanfront homeowners sign easements allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use parts of their property to do the work. The land would be kept as public property forever.
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After three years of cajoling, negotiating, and asking holdouts to consider the common good, the borough is changing tactics. It passed an ordinance recently, allowing it to use eminent domain to take the land needed for the easements if negotiations fail.
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The federal government would pay 65 percent of the cost of the estimated $13 million project. The state would pay 25 percent, with the remainder coming from the municipality and Ocean County. Oldham said Harvey Cedars' share was calculated three years ago at about $500,000 — or, just under $6,100 per homeowner — but that number has surely risen since then, he said.
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At a contentious public hearing recently, residents railed against the homeowners who still refuse to sign the easements, which typically involve from 10 to 50 feet of beach.

"It's not fair for a handful of people to jeopardize everyone else's property in the borough," said Debbie Austin, a 58-year Harvey Cedars resident.

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Caveat emptor. Tough for people struggling to get by, to feel real sorry for a guy about to lose his beautiful beachfront home because he had more money than sense.
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Texans sure mean business... unlike in FLorida's panhandling for federal handouts..

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Some Ike victims may not be allowed to rebuild

"I don't like it one bit," said Phillip Curtis, 58, a Dallas contractor who owns two homes — a $350,000 vacation home and a $200,000 rental — on Galveston Island's Jamaica Beach. "I think the state should allow us to try to save the houses. I don't appreciate the state telling people, `Now it belongs to us.' It breaks your heart."

The former state senator who wrote the law had little sympathy.

"We're talking about damn fools that have built houses on the edge of the sea for as long as man could remember and against every advice anyone has given," A.R. "Babe" Schwartz said.
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where does one line up???

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