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New York Governor Cuomo's Grand Plan Post-Sandy: Give Some of New York Back to Nature (+Video)

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New York Gov. Cuomo is proposing creation of an undeveloped coastal buffer zone by spending $400 million to buy and demolish up to 10,000 homes destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

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pam w (139)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:23 pm
VERY SENSIBLE! Ask people in New Orleans about the value of wetlands! They should never have been destroyed and recreating them makes perfect sense! Good thinking!

Michael M (60)
Monday February 4, 2013, 9:00 pm
Thanks, Cal!

After being on coasts across the Pacific, and from deep in Mexico to far north, and having traveled the east coast decades before, and later Gulf and Caribbean, I was so astonished at the way all those east coast buildings were right on shore only negligibly above tide line.

Anyone who rebuilds that close to the ocean is incredibly foolish, and probably just wants federal aid for a new home again in a few seasons.

Mexico has an excellent law:
From 50 meter back to the high tide line is Federal Property, upon which NO ONE can build. And their coasts are far higher, even on cliffs.
One of theadvantages is public access to all the coast.
Some forage there, some play, and some fish, etc.

The USA id extremely primitive in their understanding of how to preserve and open the seacoasts to all. Those ugly Malibu and East Coast walls of buildings should go.

Michael M (60)
Monday February 4, 2013, 9:02 pm
Oh, Pamam w.
Thanks for the New Orleans understanding.
Wetlands are the most fertile parts of the sea, as well. Many fish and other organisms reproduce there, and many birds, otters (here) and other creatures need that refuge from paved, crushing urban building.

Serena Ciarrocchi (34)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:01 am
In Italy that's just normal,I completely agree with Michael : those buildings there are just foolish!

David C (131)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:13 pm
save nature....and natural spaces.

. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:02 pm
As tens of thousands along NY/NJ shores lost their homes forever because FEMA will not help them, at least this is something - it's terrible to even type that sentence.

Robby R (15)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:42 pm

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Syera N (7)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 5:03 am
Noted. Thanks Cal!
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