Study says buyout of threatened Outer Banks homes would be cheaper than beach nourishment

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The inlet was coming.

For more than 15 years, Mason Inlet had been marauding south, approaching the structures at the north end of North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach. It had already carved away hundreds of acres of sandy spit, a public parking lot, and the land that was home to the temporary beach house used in Julia Robert’s 1991 film “Sleeping with the Enemy.”

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