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November 20, 2012

Superstorm Sandy shines a light on federal programs for beaches

  • The spending showdown in Congress could make it even harder to secure funds for beach replenishment.
    Associated Press

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. — Towns along the Jersey shore that made use of federal money to build up beaches came through Superstorm Sandy with far less damage than those that didn't, findings that are sure to intensify a debate that has raged for years over the wisdom of pumping millions of dollars' worth of sand onto the coastline, only to see it wash away continually.

    That dispute pits coastal advocates for some of the most valuable shoreline in the country against elected officials from inland states who say it's unfair to ask taxpayers from, say, the Great Plains to pay to keep rebuilding beaches they don't even use.

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