Sandy caused $37 billion of damage along New Jersey’s coast, destroying thousands of people’s homes and livelihoods. Some folks want it all back — boardwalks, rides, and carnival games — and argue that these tried-and-true attractions will pull in tourists (and their money).
Others take a more tempered approach. The question facing the state is how much consideration should be given to reshaping the 127-mile shoreline to meet the new demands of climate change, environmental impact, and development. Should the state look to regional planning for some answers to these issues? Should the state and local towns consider retreating from the water’s edge? Or are new building codes, FEMA maps, and engineered beaches enough to take care of potential problems in the foreseeable future?