Waterfront Development's Stormy Future

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It’s terrible what has happened to neighborhoods along the coast that flooded out yesterday. 

So many families work really hard to maintain homes there. It’s going to be a big financial burden on both them and the local government to clean up this mess.

And it’s getting to be a recurring nightmare come true. 

Yesterday’s high tide made the top ten list of Boston mean higher high water marks, the fourth event to make the list in the past decade. And while I am not a scientist and do not play one on TV, the sight of those dumpsters floating through the Seaport raises some questions about ongoing waterfront development.

Questions like – is that a good idea?

You can argue all night about what’s causing the recurring flooding and whether or not it’s a warning sign about the near future. 

But there’s little argument over what it will cost to protect coastal residents. As one study puts it: “governments will be forced either to pay enormous sums to relocate communities or invest billions in infrastructure to protect them.”

In the meantime, the Senate is under pressure to act soon on a bill “reforming” the federal flood insurance system. Insurance groups like it; so do environmentalists who want coastal development stifled.

But the bill also comes down hard on repeat loss claimants and will likely make flood insurance even more expensive.

Maybe the hard decisions on building up the waterfront we’ve been putting off for so long are being made for us right now, by politicians and bureaucrats we don’t necessarily trust. 

Good luck with that.

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