During this Year of the Coast, we would like to add our voice to those making the plea for increased awareness and appreciation of our coastal resources, and the problems inherent in using and preserving those resources. Our coastal area wealth, measured both in terms of aesthetics and use value, is under increasing pressure from development. As planners we need to appraise the situation and wisely review any proposal for development in order to gain the maximum benefits for those using the beach. Pressures of tourism, second home development, vehicular traffic, and energy demands need not be dismissed as incompatible with beach recreation, but incorporated into a careful strategy for beach development
Editors: Kathy Blaha, Forrest Sadler, and Shea Hollifield
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FOR BARRIER ISLAND MARITIME FORESTS
Maritime forests are the last component of the barrier island system to come under regulation. The author discusses their structure and function, including a case study in which planning techniques are analyzed and a management strategy is proposed.
|NO ROOM IN PARADISE: SEEKING ALTERNATIVES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
The author examines the problems posed by second home development on Ocracoke Island and discusses tensions between islanders & newcomers.
|AURORA: PLANNING FOR A SMALL NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL TOWN
A case study of industrial development pressures in a coastal town analyzes the plan preparation and implementation which the author feels successfully ameliorated the possibilities of more serious conflicts.
|RECREATIONAL OFF-ROAD VEHICLE IMPACTS IN COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA
The impacts of vehicles on the beach and proposals for management programs are discussed, followed by a case study in which the author describes a management plan for integration of vehicle use on the beach.
|TRADITION & CHANGE IN A COASTAL FISHING VILLAGE
An account of an anthropological investigation of Harkers Island as a cultural resource, with implications for growth management.
|THE FUTURE OF THE CURRITUCK OUTER BANKS
An analysis of coastal zone management, government decision-making, and the role of planners regarding development in this relatively undeveloped area.