Thirteen years ago, Eli Gold and his wife, Claudette, had a plan. They purchased the last house on East Third Street in Ocean Isle Beach and planned to retire there full-time once their daughter went to college.
They never dreamed their retirement plan would be at risk of one day being swallowed by the sea.
Thirteen years ago, the Golds’ house was behind four other houses. Third Street extended beyond their property line, and the town’s infrastructure was intact.
Over the years, “the erosion eventually won,” Eli Gold said.