NAGS HEAD, NC -- Some say a beach-widening project on the Outer Banks may be doing more harm than good.

Some property owners on the water in Nags Head have pools completely filled with sand. It's also stacked as high as seven feet over many walkways in the town.

Sand from a replenishment project two years ago was supposed to slide back into the ocean, but a busy winter filled with storms has blown it back over the dunes instead.

'At this point, I don't know what's worse,' said Susan Boncek, 'Having too much sand or not having enough.'

Boncek owns the Sandspur Motel and Cottage Court in Nags Head.

'It was probably stacked about five feet in front of my door.'

One major issue for property owners is the state's restriction on how much sand can be dumped back onto the beach.

Boncek would need an exception from the state, or else she would have to find somewhere else to haul the sand.

The Nags Head Board of Commissioners is asking for an exception for its property owners, and the state will hand down a decision in 30 days.

In the meantime, sand will continue to pile up in people's backyards.

'Small places like mine, if we don't do something, will have to close completely,' said Boncek.

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