Dune protections decisions affect all taxpayers

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To the editor: 
As a full-time resident of Longport, I recently considered the issue of the impact of dune protection on our beachfront. I realize this issue is subject to heated arguments by beachfront property owners who have a substantial investment in their homes and their enjoyment in their ability to see a beautiful beach and ocean, and I respect their thoughts to any restrictions on their view.

Interestingly, many beachfront homeowners probably enjoy these views only in the nice weather months and on an occasional basis. But there is a larger issue here. The recent storm clearly defined the ability of dunes to protect property and off-beach homes; e.g., in Avalon and along the Atlantic City boardwalk. There was also an area in Longport where a substantial dune protected a large property.

We must also consider the impact of damaging water and sand on our streets, sewers and water. The future will bring more Sandy-like storms, and Longport must be prepared to meet the challenge. Clearly, the governor has given this much thought and apparently is considering the possibility of statewide legislation to meet the problem.

We in Longport should support our elected officials as they investigate whether dunes in conjunction with better bulkheads can make a difference. We should also listen to beachfront owners and their ideas in approaching a plan.

I am not directly affected by dunes in front of my building, but as a taxpayer, I am subject to the tax increases future Sandy-like damages may bring. Rest assured, these storms will not occur once in a lifetime. They are potential devastating events every few years. All Longport residents and taxpayers will be affected by the future decisions to safeguard our beachfront.
Donald C. Marino

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