Sunday, November 11, 2012

New Jersey's Dilemma

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.

He 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.


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