What have we learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? And how should those lessons be applied to the Jersey Shore in the future -- to make sure it has a future?
About 60 people considered those questions Monday during "Ready for Next Time? Rethinking the Shore After Sandy," the first of a series of forums hosted by WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight.
A common theme was the need for more regional and long-term planning. But other people pointed that a master plan for the Shore would be at odds with New Jersey's history of local control. Others thought the state's political leadership -- or lack of it -- would handicap efforts to safeguard the Shore.
A point of common ground was support for rebuilding the Shore's dunes, with most people feeling that the community benefits of stronger dunes outweigh any inconvenience to individual property owners.
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