Is it possible to rebuild the Jersey Shore so that it is more resilient to extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy?
That issue could qualify as Topic No. 1 for many local and state officials as they struggle to decide where and what to do about rebuilding a coast devastated by what most call the worst storm to hit New Jersey.
It was also Topic No. 1 when Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight's cofounder and energy and environment writer, sat down and talked with WHYY/NewsWorks about the plans and policies that are being considered -- particularly a comprehensive dune system that will reshape the Shore and remake its communities.