Why is the SDF important?
In 2011, Hurricane Irene’s wrath jeopardized the integrity of our beaches washing over the dunes in several locations. Our worst fears were realized in less than a year when Super Storm Sandy 2012 again devastated our beaches, decimated our dunes causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to homes and infrastructure. If we did not have the Seashore Defense Fund available, it would have been impossible to immediately launch the beach recovery efforts and take the short-term emergency actions to protect the Pines, like TrapBags®, sand fencing and sea grass. The limits of the TrapBags were tested this past winter and were unable to help. Our beaches took another beating at Christmas, especially around the Beach Hill area.
Will there be another Irene or Sandy between now and the next beach reclamation? Obviously, no one knows for sure. One thing we do know is that extreme weather is happening on a much more frequent cycle. One hundred year storms are happening every five to ten years. We cannot afford to be financially incapable of responding to the next unimagined crisis that places our community's very existence at risk.