Since the mid-1970s, beach development has been largely confined to North Carolina's shoreline. Hotels, family homes, and campgrounds gradually changed to condos, high-end housing, and gated communities. As the shoreline filled up, development began moving inland from the coasts, and condominium complexes and housing communities are springing up along inland waterways. In Carteret County, the development is threatening a way of life for many families who can trace their ancestry back to the mid-1700s. Fishing families and boat builders find surviving difficult when dealing with rising taxes, poor markets, and loss of fish houses, boat yards, and boat docks.