Battered NJ agonizes over whether to rebuild shore

Flooding along the streets of New Jersey from Sandy

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Some environmentalists say New Jersey should consider not rebuilding everything lost to Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeffress Willliams says that rising sea levels and changing weather patterns make it likely that the coast will be hit by more frequent destructive storms.

He and other shoreline advocates say officials should consider restricting development to reduce the harm storms can do. They suggest relocating homes and businesses farther from the ocean, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.

Gov. Chris Christie says the shore is too important not to rebuild. But he leaves the decision whether to build again to individual property owners.
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This article was provided by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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