We were shocked last week when some environmental groups ignored decades of federal and state flood data and coastal research to claim that beach replenishment funds should be spent on riverside residents of North Jersey instead. . They notably opposed a bill to double New Jersey’s spending on coastal protection to $ 50 million.
They chose a good location for their high standard, a beach in Deal, Co. Monmouth. This exclusive beachfront town is the state’s main enemy for public access to local beaches and ocean, and it is expected to benefit from a $ 26 million beach replenishment project starting this month. next.
After that, however, it was almost all downhill for the arguments and positions of the groups. Their interests may be special, but their basic understanding of flooding and erosion seems insufficient.
For starters, properties flooded by the river are much more likely to file repeat flood damage claims than coastal properties. Building, buying and rebuilding houses in river floodplains is no wiser than doing it near rising seas and bays, but it has been going on for even longer.
John Weber, Bradley Beach city councilor and head of the Surfrider Foundation, said people need to “recognize original sin – we built too close to the ocean”.
Not exactly. The problem is not that the seaside houses are too close to the sea, but that people and buildings are all over the barrier islands.