CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 |
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - As befits its name, issues of sand and surf loom large in this seaside community north of San Diego. For more than three decades, controversy has surrounded the proliferation of privately built sea walls meant to protect bluff-top homeowners along the city's approximately 1.7 miles of oceanfront. Property owners say the walls are the only way to keep the pounding waves from inexorably undercutting the tall bluffs and imperiling their pricey homes. Environmentalists view the sea walls - built on public and private property - as abominations that shrink the beach and place private interests above the right of the public to enjoy the coast.
November 6, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Hundreds of thousands of children finally went back to school Monday and New York slogged through a full-fledged commute - but the Northeast kept one eye on its halting recovery, the other on a you-can't-be-serious second storm that could bring high winds and flooding to communities already staggered by Sandy. "Insult to injury," said Michael Szajngarten, as he sorted through his battered home in the seaside community of Sea Gate, just down the road from the Coney Island boardwalk.
November 5, 2012 |
SEA GATE, N.Y. -- Michael Szajngarten stopped picking up pieces of his shattered home to look through the hole Hurricane Sandy ripped in his living room wall, giving him an unobstructed ocean view. “I hear we'll get snow soon,” he said. “I just feel like it's insult to injury.” Just outside were remnants of a concrete sea wall, a barrier built to protect homes here from high surf and storm surge. But super storm Sandy crushed parts of the wall, and a new storm -- a nor'easter -- is brewing in the Atlantic, threatening to hit the coast again.
November 3, 2012 |
SHAH BANDAR, Pakistan - In his dreams, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari sees a spectacular metropolis rising up from the vast stretches of mangrove swamp and sea-salted wasteland along the mighty Indus River Delta. High-speed rail zips people from place to place. Vacationers soak up the South Asian sun at seaside resorts. Universities, factories and a new seaport pump vitality into the region. Miles of bike lanes crisscross the city, whose population would eventually reach 10 million.
November 2, 2012 |
ASHAROKEN, N.Y. -- When James Zima built his dream house on a small cove facing Long Island Sound back in 1978, he studied storm records and built his cedar plank home on stilts, 2 feet above the highest storm surge in the previous 100 years. Super storm Sandy brought the water within 18 inches of his floorboards Monday night. That's when he ran uphill to a neighbor's house. "I barely survived it," said Zima, 61, a lean and taughtly built man with wisps of white hair. On Thursday, he had just finished raking a 2-foot mat of sea grass off his lawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2012 |
The California Coastal Commission was on a mission to find out what's keeping the public from some of the state's most desirable beaches. On a rare bus tour of the Malibu coast this month, officials stopped to inspect gates that were once locked, peered at fake "no parking" signs residents used to ward off beachgoers and even stumbled upon a movie shoot hogging all the parking at the glitzy beach town's pier. But perhaps most noteworthy was what the commissioners didn't see: more than 20 pathways to the beach that were set aside on paper — some of them decades ago — but have yet to be built, depriving people of the opportunity to get to the shore.