More Than 100 Attend Delaware Sea Level Rise Meeting

February 19, 2013

More than 100 turned out for the first of three public meetings on preparations for rising sea levels in Delaware.

The first meeting was held Wednesday afternoon at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. The options being considered by a state advisory committee range from financing buyouts and building coastal defenses to improving land-use plans, data collection and public awareness.

Joan Decanda of Rehoboth Beach told The News Journal of Wilmington that she is concerned about one option, a risk disclosure requirement for properties in areas likely to be flooded. The Rehoboth Beach resident says that would hurt homeowners’ ability to sell their homes.

The options are based on expectations that rising temperatures could raise sea levels as much as five feet by the end of the century.

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