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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    Nature tells us that it is a very undesirable place to develop
    partially true partially not.

    N.O. was originally developed mostly becase it was VERY economically desirable. The logical port for all of the Mississippi river barge traffic carrying agricultural products from about a dozen U.S. states to be shipped overseas. Also oil refineries in the GOM.

    Comes down to geography ... desirable, and undesirable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by South Bethany View Post
    N.O. was originally developed mostly becase it was VERY economically desirable. The logical port for all of the Mississippi river barge traffic carrying agricultural products from about a dozen U.S. states to be shipped overseas. Also oil refineries in the GOM.

    Comes down to geography ... desirable, and undesirable.
    I hear ya, it is an economically strategic place to develop. But nature doesn't care about economics.

    The army corpse of engineers, altered the path of the Mississippi in order to be able to develop New Orleans. This blocked the natural deposition that would naturally occur on the deltas there. Because this deposition is not occuring, the natural protection from storm surge that the deltas offer has decreasing significantly. And rather than having this natural protection in this area, New Orleans is sitting on an area, which normally would actually be building up from the river deposition. But rather is now sinking at a continuous rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    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.
    considering its sinking around an inch a year and surrounding parts (like 9th ward) will never get rebuilt cause most people are using relief $ for new cars and rims instead of what it should be for, they probably should.