A Look at the Challenges of Rebuilding the Jersey Shore

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Seaside Heights became the second New Jersey town to award contracts to rebuild its boardwalk when borough officials approved a $3.6 million bid from Sidd Associates this week.

The company will rebuild pilings and decking on the 14 block strip in time for the upcoming summer season.

Just about every New Jersey official, from Governor Chris Christie to the mayors of small beach hamlets have been adamant about rebuilding the Jersey shore in time for the short summer tourist season.

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers said the town has a right to rebuild.

“People have a right to live where they are,” he said. “We’ve all accepted that responsibility.”

Professor Rob Young is director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, where the coastline has been battered by hurricanes for many years.

Young talks to WNYC’s Janet Babin about beach nourishment, the perils of rebuilding along the Jersey shore, and some mitigation measures the state is looking at.