Under the Dome

Groups take legal action against Sunset Beach project

A growth-control and a conservation organization on Thursday challenged in court a proposed development in Sunset Beach that has drawn concern for its potential damage to dunes, marshlands and wildlife to make way for 21 ocean-front homes.

The Southern Environmental Law firm filed the challenge in the state Office of Administrative Hearings seeking to overturn a state permit. The petition was filed on behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and the N.C. Coastal Federation.

The legal action contends the permit the state issued allows for the destruction of 15 acres of important sand dunes.