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  •  The first thing to address is building on barrier (7+ / 0-)

    islands.   Housing on barrier islands used to be temporary, seasonal tents and hunter's shacks.   Today, it's McMansions.   That's a problem that the Government can't fix.  

    We won't hold back the sea or "slow the rise of the oceans" in time to save the barrier islands and their residents from more pounding, but we can limit certain types of development and allow the barrier islands to go back to primarily being wild, sea grass anchored chains of dunes that protect our shores - like they used to be.

    You can't fight Mother Nature,unless you are willing to raise your house on piles and accept the fact that you may lose it again.  

    I love the Jersey Shore.  I grew up there, and I will miss what's gone, but we can make something more lasting if we rebuild correctly.  

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:58:04 PM PST

    •  I agree with much of what SpamNunn states. (4+ / 0-)
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      We (collectively) will need to buck up and heavily restrict 'development' on the barrier islands and probably much of the shore line of the mainland.

      Mother Nature will always win.  Period.

      For the property that's still there, purchase the federal flood insurance and do whatever you can to minimize potential damage to the property.  After the floods of '93, it became standard practice to buy out areas that were deemed too close to sources of water and had the potential of getting severely flooded again.  Don't be surprised if the feds start a pgm on the barrier islands and mainland shorelines after the next superstorm sweeps through the eastern seaboard.  I don't recall what the feds were paying for the property though.... but, they're doing it 'all the time' now with flooding in Iowa.

      •  They did it in the Lost Valley section of Manville (4+ / 0-)
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        here in Central Jersey.

        Hurricane Floyd was the last straw there.   They buy the houses and tear them down.   You are not allowed to rebuild in the flood plain there, either, unless you raise your house above the flood hazard level.  This makes sense to me.  

        If LBI gets decimated every 40 years or so, as has been the case, we need to think carefully about what gets rebuilt there, and how it gets rebuilt.  

        Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

        by SpamNunn on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 02:10:29 PM PST

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        •  In downtown CR area, where the Cedar River (0+ / 0-)

          flooded massively in 2008, the city bought some of the houses out and the feds bought some others.  The city bought those that FEMA didn't put in the 'exclusion' zone.  The remainder of the properties that chose to rebuild in the area also had to raise their property.  However, the business side of the river..... they didn't have to do anything....  Although how one would raise a 20 story building........  But, that's a completely different story.

    •  well, they can enact legislation to prohibit it (1+ / 0-)
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      That's a problem that the Government can't fix.  

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 02:16:24 PM PST

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    •  My father-in-law (now deceased) wanted (2+ / 0-)
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      to leave us his home on a barrier island in North Carolina. We felt there was no future in it and declined. It wasn't beach front property, but shifting sands seem to be a bad place to put down roots unless you're a sea oat.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:08:18 PM PST

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