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OPPORTUNITIES FOR STATE AND REGIONAL ACTION TO ENHANCE RESILIENCE. Mark N. Mauriello Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning Edgewood Properties. FACTS. RELATIVE SEA LEVEL IS RISING (MORE THAN ONE FOOT OVER THE PAST CENTURY) SEDIMENT SUPPLIES ARE DIMINISHING
Mark N. Mauriello
Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning
SEA ISLE CITY
TOMS RIVER TOWNSHIP
DRIFTWOOD CABANA CLUB
SINGLE FAMILY HOME
Belmar to Spend $20 Million Rebuilding Wrecked Boardwalk
(Source: Bergen Record, 12/4/12)
BELMAR – One of New Jersey’s most popular beach towns is moving swiftly to rebuild its boardwalk that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Belmar is scheduled to vote Monday night on a $20 million spending plan to pay for a new boardwalk, as well as some of the cost of cleaning up the ruins of the old one.
Mayor Doherty said the Federal Emergency Management Agency should pay for at least 75 percent of the cost of boardwalk repairs, and said New Jersey’s Congressional delegation is working to have the agency approve a 90 percent reimbursement rate. To help pay for the Borough’s share of the cost, Belmar will help pay for the work by increasing daily beach badge fees from $7 to $8, and seasonal fees from $50 to $55.
The Monmouth County community is also considering building a sea wallto help protect against future storms.
Natural Hazard Probabilities During Periods of Various Lengths (FEMA, 2001)
(The percentages shown represent the probabilities of one or more occurrences of an event of a given magnitude or larger within the specified period. As the length of the period increases, so does the probability that floods of a given magnitude or greater will occur.)
The capacity of a community that is exposed to hazards to adapt, by resisting or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure. Resilience is determined by the degree to which the community is capable of organizing itself to increase its capacity for learning from past disasters.
Disaster resilience means that communities can withstand the impacts of floods and storms and readily recover, which in turn, contributes to long-term sustainabilityof communities for the enjoyment of all, both now and for future generations.
(Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction, 2005)
CAN NEW JERSEY’S LEADERS SUMMON THE POLITICAL WILL TO IMPLEMENT BOLD, DECISIVE AND COST-EFFECTIVE ACTIONS NOW, TO ENSURE MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES IN THE FUTURE?
( LET’S MAKE SURE THAT THEY DO! )