As Connecticut continues to rebuild its shoreline after two years of tropical-style storms, the idea that some parts of the coast should not have homes on them is gaining more and more traction with federal and state officials. But local officials and homeowners – not so much. As the CT Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, two home buyout programs have had few takers.
Based on what they describe as the "worst" summer ever, several Long Island environmental groups are coordinating resources to launch a multimillion dollar advocacy campaign aimed at creating a more unified water protection plan.
The closure of the lobster fishery in Long Island Sound beginning this weekend is intended to protect a small and threatened population of the crustaceans. Lobstermen and state environmental officials don't agree on what killed off the lobsters, but neither seem too optimistic about this new step making much of a difference.
As Connecticut's shoreline residents make their way through hurricane season 2013 with fingers crossed that there won't be a repeat of the last two years, many are looking for some protection for their property. Seawalls are often a first choice. But as The Connecticut Mirror's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, even if homeowners can get them, it's not clear they'll actually help.