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Battered NJ agonizes over whether to rebuild shore

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Governor Chris Christie travels across the state to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy with stops in Belmar and Avalon, N.J. to meet with city officials on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Governor Chris Christie travels across the state to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy with stops in Belmar and Avalon, N.J. to meet with city officials on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Some environmentalists say New Jersey should consider not rebuilding everything lost to Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeffress Willliams says that rising sea levels and changing weather patterns make it likely that the coast will be hit by more frequent destructive storms.

He and other shoreline advocates say officials should consider restricting development to reduce the harm storms can do. They suggest relocating homes and businesses farther from the ocean, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.

Gov. Chris Christie says the shore is too important not to rebuild. But he leaves the decision whether to build again to individual property owners.


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