haha looks like bethany's beach replenishment projects were a complete waste judging from these pics... just as 90% of those projects seem to be.
Its a constant fight of man against nature. If there were no beach replenishments and no coastal engineering efforts, bethany would surely go underwater. It is economically beneficial for them to spend millions of dollars doing these projects. The biggest question though, is who should be paying the bills? The city tax payers? the business owners who benefit from tourism? the state tax payers?
Strong storms and coastal erosion will happen every year - that is a given. Generally speaking, the beaches in delaware will erode during the winter, and build up during the summer time from the long shore south currents.
New Orleans on the other hand - they should just let sink.
Its a man vs nature struggle. Nature tells us that it is a very undesirable place to develop and probability tells us that New Orleans will get hit by another big storm again - its just a matter of time.
It wasn't a humanitarian statement, just one of logic.
Leaving New Orleans all together will never happen tho. People have too much pride to abandon their homeland - they would rather just continue to watch it sink.
We are short minded individuals, thinking of our generations (50-100 years), rather than long term reality.