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Old 01-14-2008, 08:37 AM
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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It is no secret that I love living on the coast.

However, the coast is not the place for everyone.

While there is risk associated with living on the coast, I watched as a former hurricane took out a tree in our backyard in Roanoke, Va. It actually happened more than once. I saw lots of flooding in the Roanoke area from consecutive ex-hurricanes passing through the mountains.

Is Roanoke more dangerous than Cape Carteret? Time will tell. I also saw a former hurricane knock out the power in Reston, Va. and a powerful Nor'easter come up the Bay of Fundy and slam waves well up the cliffs which were nearly 100 ft tall on our property.

I also saw another coastal storm follow a period of minus forty weather with three feet of snow on our farm in NB. Minus forty is the most dangerous climate I have ever faced.

Besides the risk of living or the coast or anywhere, there is always a comfort factor.

We have moved lots and have always taken time to evaluate an area before making the decision. Sometimes our evaluations were right and sometimes they were wrong. We ended up not liking Columbia, Md because of the strict controls on doing anything with your property.

There were no manufactured homes, but there were far more rules than I could tolerate.

I think one of the things people need to consider before moving to NC's coast is whether or not you can enjoy life in an area where there is such a wide variety of housing.

Some people like to live where everyone is the same. Part of what I love about the coast is that there is a wide variety of people. It is not a place where everyone makes the same amount of money or comes from the same background.

It is a mixed area, and while that has its downside, it also adds some charm.

I long ago learned that you don't judge people by the place they live, the car they drive, the color of their skin, or the language they speak.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:41 AM
Location: Cary and Wilmington, NC
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Great post! I love our coast too!
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:04 PM
Location: NC, USA
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Wow, enlightening post there, enjoyed it, Thanks! Sometimes I enjoy watching someones mind work.
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