NJ - DEP Trying to Make Retreat a Shore Thing
We’ve reached the end of another summer that brought millions of people to the Jersey Shore. Visitors swam in the ocean, fished the bays, boated, walked the boardwalks, dined at waterfront restaurants, and enjoyed New Jersey living at its best.
The Jersey Shore generates $22 billion in tourism dollars each year, accounts for over $2 billion in tax revenue, and provides jobs for more than 132,000 people. Properties in New Jersey’s four oceanfront counties are collectively valued at over $300 billion.
Yet, despite all these benefits to the state, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) appears determined to drive people away from the shore with a new policy: Retreat. DEP is ostensibly pursuing this policy in the name of protecting the public from the threat of climate change, but the scientific facts belie that.