2012-12-14 / Top Stories

Bloomberg: Full Storm Funding ‘Unrealistic’

By Howard Schwach


A large portion of the boardwalk was destroyed by Sandy. Proponents of groins say that they would have protected the entire shorefront had they been in place. A large portion of the boardwalk was destroyed by Sandy. Proponents of groins say that they would have protected the entire shorefront had they been in place. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week that the city would consider the construction of groins and berms along coastal areas to help reduce the damage from future storms, but bluntly warned, “Saying we’re going to spend whatever it takes just is not realistic.”

Bloomberg outlined his plans to protect New York City from future storms in a speech two weeks ago.

Bloomberg said that there was no “magic bullet” in either rebuilding the city or in protecting it in the future, and he rejected the use of expensive and untried experiments such as sea gates stretched across New York Harbor.

Some of the things he would try, he said, include dunes and groins along the oceanfront, relaxing height restrictions on homes along the water so that homes can be raised several feet, updating the building code to require more stringent protection against floods and updating flood maps so that areas such as Howard Beach would be included in the Zone A evacuation area.

“Let me be clear,” Bloomberg said. “We are not going to abandon the waterfront. We are not going to leave the Rockaways or Coney Island or Staten Island’s south shore. But we cannot just rebuild what was there and hope for the best. We have to build smarter and stronger and more sustainable.”

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