PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — The owner of a $1 million vacation home on the Oregon coast says the structure is in danger of slipping into the ocean after waves whittled away a protective sand dune.
The Oregonian newspaper reports Tai Dang built the oceanfront property in Rockaway Beach seven years ago. He’s since applied for a permit to install riprap to stop the erosion from eating away the land under the home, but neighbors, the city, the state and conservationists oppose the proposal.
Conservationists say installing riprap in one location can increase erosion elsewhere by redirecting the flow of water. But Dang notes the city signed off on the home location in 2009.
Jonathan Allan with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries says such battles are likely to increase as climate change causes sea levels rise and storms to intensify.