New Jersey seaside property owners face a dilemma - to rebuild or simply walk away. Faced with increasing sea level rise and predictions of more, potentially destructive storms in the near future, the vaunted Jersey Shore may have turned into a bad bet.
U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeffress Willliams says that rising sea
levels and changing weather patterns make it likely that the coast will
be hit by more frequent destructive storms.
and other shoreline advocates say officials should consider restricting
development to reduce the harm storms can do. They suggest relocating
homes and businesses farther from the ocean, building more seawalls and
keeping sand dunes high.