I found this column by Paul Mulshine in The Star Ledger interesting:

It’s no day at the beach for the enviro-puritans

Putting politics aside, what does Sandy foretell for New Jersey’s coastal regions?  Does it foretell anything that we did not already know?  And, how should we plan for the future?  So far, the planning options seem to involve a combination of the following:

  • RETREAT – abandon the waterfront, with or without governmental buy-out of susceptible properties
  • RISE – elevate structures and critical infrastructure
  • ARMOR – protect the low-lying flood-prone areas with seawalls and/or dunes to withstand the next series of super storms
  • MAINTAIN – assume that current systems are adequate and the costs of interim responses (i.e. repair and rebuilding) will be more efficient than long-term solutions.

Many of the articles and editorials concerning the long-term consequences of Sandy are advancing the issues of Who, What, When, Where and How Much ($).  One question that seems to be underplayed is “What does this mean?

We will continue to follow the Sandy responses as they develop and report on the consequences to property owners, home owners, businesses, municipalities, and taxpayers throughout the state.