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How Should the Jersey Shore Re-create Itself?

Now that our beautiful Jersey coastline has been devastated and the clean-up has begun (with a pause today and tomorrow for the nor-easter, of course), the thought is: how exactly should it be rebuilt?

Because in an article at “Hurricane Central”, according to a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, S. Jeffress Williams, “The next 50 to 100 years are going to be very different than what we’ve seen in the past 50 years.”

He says he expects things to get even worse, because the sea level is rising fast, and destructive storms are occurring more frequently.

Also in the article:

“He (Williams) and other shoreline advocates say the state should consider how to protect coastal areas from furious storms when they rebuild it, such as relocating homes and businesses farther from the shore, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.”

Gov. Chris Christie has stated emphatically that he wants to rebuild but leaves the where up to property owners:

“I don’t believe in a state like ours, where the Jersey Shore is such a part of life, that you just pick up and walk away,” he said.

Christie said homeowners in hard-hit areas should decide for themselves whether they want to rebuild or sell their property to the state for conservation.

While Christie says government shouldn’t decide where rebuilding is allowed or not, New York Governor Cuomo says rebuilding should include new ways to prevent damage from future storms.

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