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Battered NJ Agonizes Over Whether To Rebuild Shore

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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November 1, 2012

Some environmentalists say New Jersey should consider not rebuilding everything lost to Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeffress Willliams says that rising sea levels and changing weather patterns make it likely that the coast will be hit by more frequent destructive storms.

He and other shoreline advocates say officials should consider restricting development to reduce the harm storms can do. They suggest relocating homes and businesses farther from the ocean, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.

Gov. Chris Christie says the shore is too important not to rebuild. But he leaves the decision whether to build again to individual property owners.


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