No doubt, you are an exception when it comes to year-round oceanfront dwellers on the Outer Banks.
I must say that the argument that "oceanfront" cottages (you call them homes).."contribute far more to the tax base....than they require in services...." is a weak one.
Let's examine that.
(1) the very fact that the Outer Banks needs larger than average police forces, fire departments, water systems, EMS services, trash departments, landfills; and on and on is directly attributable to these cottages, be they oceanfront or westside. Fact is, these rentals and their occupants consume far more of these services than the average year-round resident in Dare County. (2) as to contributing "more in taxes", I would argue that the OWNERS of these "investments" pay ALMOST NOTHING in taxes to Dare County. THEY ARE TAX COLLECTORS, NOT TAXPAYERS. Any realtor/lawyer/accountant can tell you that. Sales and occupancy taxes are paid by the visitor, not the cottage owner who wants to take credit for them. And, trust me, the average rentor on the OBX could care less what happens to that cottage after his/her week has gone by. As to ad valorem taxes, which is paid by the investor, we all know that 98% of this is nothing but a tax write off; as is everytime the owners buys a lightbulb, a new matteras, new tv, etc. for his/her investment.
How many OBX locals have this luxury? In short, it is wrong to say that oceanfront homes are a luxury for OBX locals on account of what they contribute to the economy. Tell me, how many oceanfront property owners would swap their property for a home in Wanchese, Manteo, Manns Harbor, East Lake, Mashoes or even the westside of the bypass based solely on the fact of equity being the same? None.
I stand by the BeachHuggers who say that "we will always have a beach as long as this great sandbar is here." And, if we always have a beach, there will always be fools wanting to build a cottage on it as long as there are politicans foolish enough to make it easy for them to do it.