It seems we will have to get used to these intense storms each year, the question on everyone’s mind, is it worth it to rebuild?
(photo credit to: www.BeaumontEnterprise.com)
Ever since I was five, my parents have brought my sister and I to Point Pleasant Beach each summer. As the years have passed and the family has grown my sister and I still continue the tradition each year, taking the trip down as many weekends as we can to enjoy the hot sand, cool oceans, fresh lemonade and zepolis.
When the first images of the shore after the super storm were posted and shared online, those childhood memories were the first to come to mind. The coast was gone, the piers and boardwalks destroyed. The identifying staple of our amazing state was ripped and torn up before our eyes.
What now? Where will we escape to as the heat rises? Where we will take OUR children to continue traditions? The question on everyone’s mind right now is, will they rebuild the Jersey Shore?
With the super storm two weeks behind us, many wonder if they will rebuild the Jersey shore. New Jersey has benefitted greatly from Governor Christie’s leadership, in addition to electricians across the nation helping repair power and from local celebrities raising money. Local businesses throughout the state have also started food and clothing drives in addition to donating proceeds to local relief groups. (See what NJ.com has to say)
Each day New Jersey becomes one step closer to being fully functional, but until they rebuild the Jersey shore, Jersey will never be complete. With that being said, many are wary of rebuilding the Jersey shore. Why? Well, it seems Sandy will not be the last super storm we will see. Many researchers and environmental scientists have been looking at the patterns over the years, and it seems that because of global warming the warm ocean currents will continue to create these super storms each year. (Click here for more info from NJ.com)
So what does this mean for New Jersey and the fate of the shore?
Well, even with these storms hitting our shoreline each year, there are means of preparing for them while still being able to rebuild the Jersey shore. Florida sees stronger storms and hurricanes each year, and our best bet is to look at how they reinforce their structures. Additionally, New Jersey fell to bad luck as Sandy hit our coasts during high tide. If Sandy had hit during low tide, we would not be discussing the possibility of rebuilding the Jersey shore.
It seems we are all leaning more towards rebuilding the Jersey shore. Can you blame us? I don’t think there is one Jersey-born resident who has not been to at least one of the shores in their lifetime. We should all be able to continue the traditions that we grew up with so our children can cherish the same memories that we hold dear. What do you think fellow Jersey residents? Should we rebuild the Jersey shore?
For more information on rebuilding the Jersey shore, click here.
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