: Rebuild on Staten Island shorefront, but wisely

The Staten Island Advance editorial page tells an important truth: “Don’t rebuild beach communities.” “That’s why government has to step in and control residential construction along the beaches before the rebuilding gets to far along. Yes, this is America and, as one Island politician put it, people should be allowed to take risks. But those who bristle at government telling people where and how they can build also want government to rescue those same risk-taking people from storm surges (and risk first responders’ lives in the process). They also want government to help make those risk-takers’ whole again after they’re wiped out. People don’t take such risks entirely on their own dime, after all. It is time for government to step in and say “enough.” There should be no new building or major home repair in severely affected areas of Staten Island’s Zone A until a serious and thoughtful study is done. That study must ask the basic question: Should building as we see it today be allowed there again? Should vast areas be condemned through eminent domain and made part of a massive Bluebelt system to control water? Should construction be forced above sea level, with no basement space and all critical controls — heat, electric, above sea level — as is the practice in other flood-prone parts of the country?”

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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1 Response to : Rebuild on Staten Island shorefront, but wisely

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    Politically incorrect to say these things, but neither one of us are burdened by that anyway–I concur. If private insurance companies take the risk, fine, but taxpayers should not be ask to pay for a fellow’s decision to live on the edge.


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