Follow Geoffrey Linkedin Facebook
Email Geoffrey Email
Legal Issues
Feb 1, 2016

Life’s A Beach And A Storm Is On The Way

Sponsored Content provided by Geoffrey Losee - Partner, Rountree Losee LLP

Oceanfront property values are a major economic driver in our region. It doesn’t take an economist to understand why: The oceanfront owner enjoys private views and direct access to the beauty of the ocean and beaches, as well as all other private property rights. That leads to higher prices for oceanfront property, which helps fund other sectors of the economy.
 
This past November, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the privately owned “dry sand beach” (in front of your beachfront property) is subject to “public trust” rights that allow “enhanced public access” to that beach area.
 
Translating from legalese, this means that unless the case is overturned by the N.C. Supreme Court, as an oceanfront propert ownery:

  • You can’t prevent the public from going on your beach
  • A town government can tell you that:
    • you can’t keep beach chairs on your own beach.
    • it can drive on your beach whenever it wants.
    • it can put a public trash receptacle on your property.
    • A town government can put up a fence that keeps you from going on your own beach.
No, I didn’t make those up to scare you; everything on that list comes from real cases. (If you’d like a copy of the cases, email my partner, Steve Coggins at [email protected]).
 
Those factors might very well suppress property values, leading to less investment in this region, fewer jobs, less revenue to sustain our infrastructure, and so on. So, it’s a big deal even if you don’t own beach property. The final outcome is still “up in the air.” The question has been appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court by several private beachfront owners.
 
As an oceanfront owner, you know it is always better to prepare before the storm hits; please contact me or Steve Coggins and allow us to help you protect your valuable property rights.
 
Geoff Losee can be reached by visiting www.rountreelosee.com, by email at [email protected] or by calling (910) 763-3404. Rountree Losee LLP has provided a full range of legal services to individuals, families and businesses in North Carolina for over 110 years. As well-recognized leaders in each of the areas in which they practice, the attorneys of Rountree Losee provide clients a wealth of knowledge and experience. In their commitment to provide the highest quality legal service, they handle a wide range of legal issues with creativity, sensitivity and foresight. 

Rountree insights blk
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Mike stonestreet 300x300

Communicating In A Crisis: Part 1 – Defining A Crisis And Preparing Communication

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
Carolinemontgomery4

The Incentive Stock Option Tax Trap

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
Alycephillipsnew2

Kids, Educating, Saving And Investing

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC

Trending News

NHRMC Programs Receive Several Accolades

Staff Reports - Aug 7, 2020

NCino 'on Fire'

Jenny Callison - Aug 7, 2020

Tourism Officials: Hurricane Hurt Already Struggling Travel Season

Christina Haley O'Neal - Aug 7, 2020

Some Of The Latest News On The PPP, Disaster Loan

Jenny Callison - Aug 7, 2020

N.C. Ports Sees Traffic Increase At The Wilmington Port

Christina Haley O'Neal - Aug 7, 2020

In The Current Issue

Next In Line To Lead Ports

Brian Clark becomes the new executive director of the authority, following the retirement of Paul Coz­za, who has served as executive direct...


Nonprofit Sees Drive In Demand

NourishNC purchased the building and the 2 acres it sits on off Market Street late last year for $700,000, NourishNC Executive Director Stev...


Homebuilders Navigate Coronavirus

Homebuilding continues in the Wilmington area at a rapid pace, having been able to work through the coronavirus pandemic by being deemed an...

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2020 Leadership Accelerator: Virtual Workshops for Real Leaders
2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`