DIfferences Over Shore Rebuilding
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Jersey Shore. August 29, 2013
As New Jersey continues to rebuild from Sandy, there are some differences on how to proceed.
Environmental groups say the rebuilding is not taking climate change into account. They’re urging a strategic retreat from some storm-surge and flood risk areas.
Governor Christie says he won’t condemn shorefront properties to prevent rebuilding homes there.
“There are private property rights to respect here, and if folks are willing to comply with the law and make their structures more resilient and tougher against the weather, then I don’t think there’s any reason why I shouldn’t let them rebuild.”
Christie says a $100 million buyout program is being used to acquire neighborhoods in flood-prone areas that residents voluntarily want to leave.
He says the state is prepared to take property along the coast to build an integrated dune system to provide protection from future storms.
“There’s 11-hundred people left in this state who have no signed easements yet, and my message to each and every one of them but more important to their neighbors is, knock on their doors and ask them why they thing their view is more valuable than your home.”