This is a very interesting case study of managed retreat from sea-level rise, one of many climate change adaptation strategies, that involved cooperation between city and state entities.
Key in this land use decision to allow the beach to move freely and naturally with the shifting seasons was the view that the project was not “sacrificing land” but rather “redirecting its use”.
The article notes, and rightly so, that managed retreat will be a much more difficult decision in the private sector. In most places, we have relentlessly developed our coasts, leaving little buffer for natural processes. These are areas where engineering solutions will be considered.
How much of your state’s shoreline is in the public domain? How much of your state’s shoreline has been hardened? We have an impervious surface metric for urban sustainability, should there be a hardened shoreline indicator for coastal sustainability?