In light of the impacts of this year’s storm activity, we need some answers and numbers on the community level to help make some local planning and state-level policy decisions.
- What are the total public costs to maintain threatened private property?
- Since we all contribute via our tax dollars and insurance premiums to maintain services and infrastructure to these high-risk properties, we should all have some say in the issue.
- How can we have a say?
- Since the economic well-being of our state depends on the activities in the coastal zones, how do we all equitably share the risk?
- What are civilized options for addressing repetitive loss properties and areas?
- How can cities and towns possibly keep up with the financial demands?
- Read about NEGOTIATED SOLUTIONS for coastal communities to address at-risk properties.
Town turns off power to coastal residents in attempt to avoid devastating fires during the previous storm event.
Scituate town officials estimate $700,000 in damage [to town property] from Juno and ask voters to approve moving funds from the town’s “savings” fund to cover storm damage.
“This will be like the tenth time we’ve rebuilt.” Massachusetts coastal property owner interviewed in the aftermath of Juno.
Marshfield leads Massachusetts in repetitive loss properties.
“In Marshfield, flooding shut down Brant Rock, Bay Avenue, and Beach, Willow and Ferry streets, and damaged a 100-foot stretch of sea wall in Brant Rock and an 80-foot stretch on Bay Avenue. Harbormaster Mike DiMeo said the storm also caused about $500,000 in damage to the Green Harbor jetty, which underwent more than $1 million in repairs this summer. “
Seawall crumbles, homes condemned: