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Homes on Beach Drive in Rio del Mar sit right on the beach. Santa Cruz County planners are currently updating their plan that guides coastal development while taking sea level rise into account. ERIKA MAHONEY

CA - Santa Cruz County’s Plan For Sea Level Rise Meets Resistance

The rate of sea level rise is accelerating. Communities along the California coast are preparing for that eventuality. In Santa Cruz County, some are pushing back against the plans.

On a sunny day in Rio del Mar, Ben Strock strolls down a walk path that sits between a row of homes and a sandy beach. He’s the founder of Strock Real Estate in Aptos.

In the last year and a half, Strock says he’s sold three homes along Beach Drive in Rio del Mar.

“The biggest topic of conversation is obviously sea level rise in this area,” Strock said. “When people start seeing homes that are this close to the water and have potential impact from the tides coming up to the homes, they start questioning the purchase.”

As a result, Strock says the home prices have been dropping.  

Ben Strock is a local realtor. His business focuses on coastal homes in Santa Cruz County. Strock says practically every home buyer brings up sea level rise.CREDIT ERIKA MAHONEY

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