Ex-N.J. environmental official calls for tougher coastal building standards

Calling Hurricane Sandy a "scary wake-up call," New Jersey's former top environmental official says it is time to toughen coastal building standards.

January 11, 2013

Calling Hurricane Sandy a "scary wake-up call," New Jersey's former top environmental official says it is time to toughen coastal building standards, make beach replenishment the standard operating procedure along the entire shoreline, and consider buyouts for some Shore homes and neighborhoods that are in the most vulnerable areas. Mark Mauriello noted that communities with beach replenishment and dune projects fared far better during Sandy than communities without such natural defenses. 

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