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Letter to the editor in todays Star-Ledger--

DIY sand dunes

In the beginning, I was sympathetic for people who lost their homes or had extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy. We all knew the solution to preventing damage, but many towns were anti-dunes; people on the oceanfront felt their view was more important than protection for themselves or the people behind them. They all paid the price and now they want the taxpayers to pick up the tab.

I live in Midway Beach in South Seaside Park, a working-class community that suffered zero damage by Sandy. Why? We had large dunes that were high and wide. After decades, they were compacted and held back the waves. They are also maintained by the residents with new fencing and regular plantings of dune grass.

We received no funds from anybody for our dunes and do most of the work ourselves. It’s pretty cheap. We got free Christmas trees, laid them next to the dunes, put fencing around to catch the sand and planted dune grass on the new areas.

The people in Mantoloking and other towns are crying to the state for help. Get out there and start building dunes yourselves. If working-class towns can do it, you can, too.

Joseph Marra, Seaside Park
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