Managed retreat, other strategies weighed to address sea-level rise

LAHAINA — With sea levels expected to rise by more than 3 feet by the next century, developing and implementing strategies to deal with the problem, which could include moving developments away from the shoreline, will include much discussion, money and difficult decisions, experts said Friday.

Scientists, government officials and attorneys attending the one-day symposium, “Disappearing Shorelines and Managed Retreat: A Conversation,” offered various options and posed questions to an audience of more than 70 people.

The event at Waiola Church Hall in Lahaina was sponsored by Na Papa’i Wawae ‘Ula’ula, the West Maui Preservation Association and other organizations.

Those attending posed questions to experts on multiple panels throughout the day. One audience member asked if there were other options for properties, such as hotels, to consider besides retreat or being left for the ocean to reclaim.

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