Planning Lessons from Sandy: Climate Change a Reality, Adjustments Needed

Architects, engineers and building professionals are faced with a new reality following Hurricane Sandy.

Climate change is a reality, experts say.

Following Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Jersey Shore, property owners will have to make some tough decisions about how and if they should rebuild. 

For those willing to stick it out, the only option is to build smarter and build up, some say. Here, two professionals, one an architect, one a hazard mitigation specialist, talk about the reality of climate change, and the future of building along the coast.

Nj Ghost January 03, 2013 at 10:53 AM
O.K. in view of Sandy, I think we all agree that if houses were built differently there wouldn't have been so much damage and these two guys have some authority when they speak about this. But to lend credence to their expertise on climate change? What do they know about it over the average schlub? What is a hazard mitigation specialist anyway? Where do you go to school for it?
Duffer January 03, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Climate change is a joke. Only fools and what Lennon called "Useful Idiots" believe that. Sandy was a storm. A big one. It happens. Nothing man made caused that storm and nothing man made can prevent another. If you want to have an honest conversation about building for the future let's have it but you lose credibility the instant you bring in the global warming garbage.
Martin January 03, 2013 at 12:45 PM
"Idiots" like Duffer are still in denial! He also believes Romney won the election.
Irina January 03, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Yes we have learned nothing from this disaster. People will rebuild in low lying areas, people will not sign easements so that the rest of their neighborhood will flood again.
joe January 03, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Don't worry - guys like Duffer are in the minority now and have no power. Thank goodness!
Project Bluebeam January 03, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Yes, climate change is real. But STOP blaming it on AGW & CO2! STOP profiteering from the "green scare", and STOP using it as an excuse to pass liberty-infringing laws in a quest for global governance! Enlighten yourselves... http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=m-ch-fea&v=Xcm9qsVaf0o
Bystander January 03, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Right on, only stupid, ill-informed people fall for these climate change gimicks, it is all about taking our money. The climate is ALWAYS changing. When are people going to WAKE UP!
shorefriend January 03, 2013 at 08:26 PM
@Bystander, did you just learn to walk up right this week? I don't know how anyone can deny that the climate is changing. Get you head out of the sand!
Dave January 03, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Rebuilding in flood prone areas doesn't make sense. Changes in climate have been happening on this earth since the beginning of time so this event doesn't surprise me. I would rather see the barrier islands left in a natural state and people who own property in them should be fairly compensated and allowed to leave. If people want to rebuild then insurance companies should not pay them again for a future loss and tax payers should not be spending millions of dollar having to rebuild because some home owners and businesses want water front property.
J.JONES January 03, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Bob Dylan. " the times they are a changing "..
marvin s. January 03, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Yes, You climate change worshipers are absolutely right. 2012 sandy, 2013 mickey (25% worse than sandy,) etc. and year after year it will get worse. 2020 the new ice age will begin and maybe mammoths will roam the earth again. Get it into your thick sculls, climates always change from year to year. Hey, isn't this the peak of the suns 11 year cycle of solar flae ups????
Duffer January 03, 2013 at 11:07 PM
From Wikipedia: (Fits the global warming crowd perfectly) In political jargon, useful idiot is a pejorative term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.
fed up January 03, 2013 at 11:29 PM
@shorefriend, Bystander,( if you read the whole post) did say "The climate is ALWAYS changing". stop global whining!
Guy Montag January 04, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Exactly Boo! I love hearing these idiots that build on the beach crying for the government handouts! By the way thanks for saving scout - now if we could only save these idiots from themselves.
Marjorie Smith January 04, 2013 at 03:30 AM
There are plenty of homes for sale inland. The majority of us who don't own homes at the shore should not have to pay higher insurance premiums and taxes for those who do.
Guy Montag January 04, 2013 at 03:35 AM
I agree with marjorie 100%! We should not have any building on the shore - why do you think it is called a barrier island? It is a barrier to protect the mainland. Not for people to build on and then cry for government pork when mother nature does what she is supposed to!
Chud January 04, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Wow. Wild stuff here. Somebody buys a house on the beach and now he has to leave? Insurance companies don't have to pay again? Someone like myself paid flood insurance for 18 years and NEVER filed a claim. Not once. But now I have to sell my house. Please ...... Climate change is possible but do we have anything to do with it? Who knows? Nobody really knows.
impeach1 January 04, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Taxpayers? Taxpayers pay? For what? Last time I looked, my insurance company is paying, the same company I pay outrageous premiums to. So lose that argument. Now, as outlined by our Fearless Leader, Christie, pricing gouging is alive and well on the Barrier Island. 40k to raise house pilings, mechanicals connected, more. Okay, we can deal with that. But 80k to do the same job that was 40k before the storm? Are you kidding me?
OC Squid January 04, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Martin needs to go buy some "Carbon Credits" from Al Gore to prevent all storms from ever happening again. Then we can all visit Jurrasic Park, oh wait, that was a work of fiction too. My bad
Debra January 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Your are not going to be paying higher premiums unless your home is in the flood plain. That is a fact.
Debra January 04, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Your taxes will not go up to pay for those in the flood plain, unless you work at getting elected officials to repurpose the coastline. Start there.
Bill Strohkirch January 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Or how about the town do something about the dyke that devides Port Monmouth and east keansburg. At least open the built in flood gates that dont operate so the water from Pews Creek don't get held back and drown Port Monmouth!!
Ron Jacobson January 04, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Booradley, you have a grip on the situation. You are correct there have been climate changes year to year and century to century since history began. What is insane (to paraphrase Einstein) is rebuilding in the same place and expecting different results. My take is; FEMA and the Federal Flood Insurance should buy out any damaged owners at the second claim. Fair market value no question about that. But no rebuilding after that. I know of people that had to redo the inside of their house just last year and now again. That is nuts. Will we pay for it again next year?
Sal January 06, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Of course Climate Change is real. We live upon a Living, Growing and ever Evolving planet on which nothing remains constantly the same. The planet 9,000 mile wide planet is burning at 7,000 degrees for billions of years beneath it's thin outer crust. If it were not for Climate Change and Global Warming___the Last Ice Age never would have ended 13,000 years ago__which was 12,800 years before mankind was polluting with toxic emissions the planet.
Sal January 06, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Te NJ shore solution really is simple enough. The state needs to buy a large 300' long barge and mount a crane upon it and hire a crew of 5 men to operate it year round and buy a tugboat to pull it.. Then use it to bring down large 25 ton each and larger boulders from the Palisades to drop along the entire NJ shoreline. Beach replenishment projects and building sand dunes will not ever be a lasting solution. We have already tried that for the past 50 years and it DOES NOT WORK. But larger boulders dropped along the shoreline__they are permanent solution, they same way that the seawall in Sea Bright is a more permanent solution..
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