The Beach Is for Vacationing, Not Putting Down Stakes

We lived through another one: a hurricane that turned our coastal areas into raging rivers and deep swamps overnight. You’d think we’d learn. And we will. But it will take time. Before people give up, that is.

It’s not easy to come to terms with new realities. Yes, I know, some people say nothing is changing. Climate deniers, they are called. People who never learned how to read a thermometer. But one cannot allow ignorance to be one’s guideposts.

People living in our coastal areas will suffer more and more as climate change progresses. Floods and winds will take their toll. There will be no stopping it. Meanwhile, we’ll spend massive amounts of money denying it. Rebuilding where no one should rebuild.

Much of the cost will be borne by the public, that is, us taxpayers, including those of us who are less imprudent in our choices. But not all of it will. The individual residents of vulnerable areas will take it on the chin, too. Financially. Emotionally.

I understand humans’ seemingly innate desire to live by the water. Indeed, water is the source of life. Commerce. Pleasure. But it’s also where danger lurks. Especially when the wind and warm air conspire with it.

We will learn. But it will take time. Another lesson, Vera, in human nature. And the danger in succumbing to risky urges.

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