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.