a true dune ecosystem like as seen in island beach state park or Avalon NJ would decrease tax revenue as the whole beach block would have to be trees and dunes, this would save all the slightly inland houses on the next block in and maybe drive tax revenue up on those homes as the houses would be worth more since they wouldn't be taking a giant reaming every storm.
go to google maps and type in avalon nj (32-58th street)to see what 'real dunes' should look like.....some woods by the beach....
there is a book called the NJ shore by Cunningham, its out of print, but it says wildwood NJ used to be a dense forest filled with giant trees 100 feet high.....and now....uuggghhhhh
Dune replenishment is not as sexy as a dredge and fill project, and the decision makers ( municipal, state, and federal) have vested interests (Cayman Island bank accounts) in continuing these publicly funded boondoggles.
Dude I love the looks of a proper dune setup, complete w/ the scrubby pines mixed in behind the dunes...
Beach erosion is 100% natural. How NJ deals with it is unnatural.
The cheap and logical solution is to buy out damaged properties, clean up the mess, and never rebuild beyond that damage line. People who own ocean front property should be well aware they can loose their property and receive a determined gov. pay out when and if it happens.
In NJ we are spending billions on these silly push around the sand/fight the ocean projects to coddle an extremely tiny fraction of NJ/NY citizens. I would say about 95% of these homes are vacant 9 months out of the year. I can't be too far off on that. This is mind blowing to me, but what gov moves aren't mind blowing these days.
I agree 100% man, and I honestly get nervous for you Jersey guys when these threads pop up...maybe they should cancel the replenishment and w/ the money saved fix the damn buoys that are down.
***meant to say 'add bulk' in previous post, not 'ass bulk'...