In Cape May, NJ, where damage from Sandy is hard to find, many of the more popular hotels are already booking up for summer.
Janet Babin, WNYC Reporter, discusses her story on the question of whether to rebuild after Sandy--and talks about her road trip along the coast from Cape May all the way to Montauk.
RE - contractor's without Workers' Compensation insurance. If a worker gets hurt, the home owner is on the hook for the injury. This is just one of the reasons it's a dangerous game to use fly by night contractors.
NOT, just like Katrina
WHEN did it become an option to buy flood insurance on NJ beach property?I bought beach property in Cape May in 2010 and was NOT GIVEN that option.
Funny! My ex-husband, an engineer, always said (I assume he still says) that the Army Corps of Engineers screwed up anything they touched. He said if they recommended an action, then you'd be advised to do the opposite.
I can't explain. At some point I stopped listening to him, but during/after Sandy I've thought of his POV a number of times and strongly expect that he was/is right.
What irks me is that we seemed to be quick to send funds to New Orleans planning to re-build things below sea level. We send funds to rebuild areas after quakes and fire. Either we will or we won't as a nation re-build after disaster. What I don't want to hear is that the US won't help fund repair in NJ/NY but then the next disaster, shovel money to rebuild in a quake zone or fire prone area.
Whether to rebuild/ who should rebuild/ how much it will cost/ who's administering the money...These are critical issues that citizens should have a more organized way of discussing and acting on.
Can your guest describe the difference (if there is one) between building protective dunes and nourishing beaches by replacing sand?
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