According to NPR, after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, some local residents on Staten Island approached the state about bulldozing their homes. They sought a buyout.
The state of New York agreed and is in the process of restoring parts of Staten Island to its natural state by bulldozing over 700 homes. New York realized that fighting nature is a losing battle. Why continue to rebuild waterfront homes when nature wreaks havoc on them. Yes, they are scenic but they are unsafe.
I realize my words are inadequate to express the range of emotions involved. Still I believe that saving lives is at the heart of the agreement between New York and the residents of Staten Island.
Will other states like Florida follow New York’s lead? And just maybe, we as consumers need to rethink our fatal attractions to homes on the waterfront and mountainous areas before a “natural” disaster strikes.