Moving east, the next property is a private residence that was built in approximately 1965. As a property built prior to 1978, the owners have been allowed to install the same level of protection afforded to the previous example. The rock revetment is sturdy and has been effective in keeping soil and vegetation in place since its installation.
Heading further east sits a private residence that was built after 1978, much later than its neighbor to the left. As such, environmental regulations allowed the homeowners to use only a "soft" solution to mitigate erosion. "Soft solution" is a term used to describe a classification of technology used to create coastal bank stabilization. Soft solution erosion protection is considerably less durable than hard, rip-rap erosion protection, but can afford a threatened property some short-term protection against minor storms.
The "soft solution" used is known as a fiber roll stabilization system. A fiber roll is a collection of coconut fibers rolled tightly together and encased in organic netting. Each roll is about two feet in diameter; about ten feet long; and weighs close to 100 pounds. At this property, regulations allowed for a collection of approximately 25 fiber rolls to be installed two feet below beach level and six feet up the slope of the bank. Each roll is encased in metal netting. A metal strap is then placed around each roll and anchored to metal rods embedded in the slope of the bank.