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At Jersey Shore, Some Push for Buy Outs

Friday, April 05, 2013

While a strong contingent of people — from beach front homeowners to Governor Chris Christie — are all for rebuilding the New Jersey shore, some others are saying the properties should be bought out and restored as a natural habitat area.

Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, a non-profit dedicated to protecting shorelines, sympathizes with residents who want to rebuild. But he says oceanfront land and barrier islands are “hazardous” places to build communities.

“We really ought to be considering what the best route is to ensure that the kind of problems they’re having and the kind of pain they’re going through doesn’t happen again,” he told WNYC’s Soterios Johnson. “We need to look to the future.”

Both New York and New Jersey are offering buy-out programs to return the land to its natural state. 

Listen to Soterios Johnson’s full interview with Tim Dillingham above.

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Comments [1]

Nautigal

Mr. Dillingham,
With all due respect, the only 'problems' and 'pain' we're having are due to the government - not the storm. I understand you have your opinion, but it is not the only one in the equation - nor is it rated highly due only to your credentials. I assure you, we are 'looking to the future'. And the way government runs programs, the WORST thing we could do is hand it over to them (under the guise of 'natural habitat' or what-have-you). Look at their track record. Look around. The best steward of the beach is the people who love it, not a bunch of bogged down bureaucrats mired in paperwork they can't even comprehend.
I know you are a good guy and you love the shore. Don't be their tool. Open your eyes...

Apr. 06 2013 12:10 AM

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