Storm Preparedness News

Report: High, Wide Dunes Worked During Superstorm Sandy

A study by a leading coastal science center lends new support to New Jersey’s efforts to build protective sand dunes along its 127-mile coast. The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state’s beaches …

Federal Judge Allows N.J. Town’s Dune Construction Plan to Proceed

A federal judge ruled on Jan. 15 to let a beach replenishment project proceed — for now — over the objections of a Jersey shore town that does not want the sand piles. Judge Renee Marie Bumb decided that neither …

New Jersey Beach Owner Sues to Stop Dune Project

A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state’s shoreline. Jenkinson’s Pavilion, one of the state’s largest and …

GOP Fundraiser: N.J. Gov. Christie’s Sand Dune Plan Is ‘Stupid’

Plenty of oceanfront homeowners at the Jersey shore are unhappy with GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to widen beaches and build protective sand dunes along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline. Among them is Lawrence Bathgate, one of the Republican Party’s …

Blue-Collar Workers Priced Out as Rich Snap Up Jersey Shore Homes

When Hurricane Sandy roared through New Jersey two years ago, it not only tore up the shoreline. It also pushed out much of the middle class. From Ocean City to Toms River, one-story cottages and bungalows damaged by the worst …

2 Years After Sandy: Sea Bright, N.J., Prepares for Next Big Storm

Sea Bright, New Jersey, is a great example of how difficult it is to truly prepare a Jersey shore community for the next big storm. The low-lying community on a narrow strip of sand between the ocean and the Shrewsbury …

Human Factor, Culture Often Overlooked in Climate Debate, Expert Says

When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over- hyped. Her 1919 concrete house in New York was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the “Big One” of 1938. So, on Oct. …

After Sandy: Poll Finds ‘Social Resilience’ Key to Coping With Disasters

Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors — collectively termed “social resilience” — have a big impact on how prepared communities feel …

2 Years After Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for Next Big Storm?

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly-finished sea wall protecting two …

Report on Infrastructure Upgrades Since Superstorm Sandy

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: • Flood Protection New York City: Many projects on the …