Friday, January 21, 2011

When Property Disappears

Tony Barboza chronicles a growing problem along the nation's coastlines: What happens when the ocean moves in and tries to retake the land?  Barboza writes:

The effort by the city of Ventura [to move a bike path 65-feet inland] is the most vivid example to date of what may lie ahead in California as coastal communities come to grips with rising sea levels and worsening coastal erosion. As the coastline creeps inland, scouring sand from beaches or eating away at coastal bluffs, landowners will increasingly be forced to decide whether to spend vast sums of money fortifying the shore or give up and step back.

Steve Clowney

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