Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sad Days for Seaside Heights

I have spent a lot of summers and fall weekends on the Barnegat Peninsula, from Pt. Pleasant to Seaside Heights.  I was thus very saddened by this video sent to me a few minutes ago by my former student Georgiana Iasnik:

I also hear that the piers on the Seaside Heights boardwalk are gone and the amusement rides have been swept out to sea.

I have occasionally devoted blog posts to the peninsula.  See

The Levittown of the Jersey Shore 

A Clear Sign that College Professors Do Not Get Paid Enough


Seaside Heights: The Town That Fun Built

Thinking About the Jersey Shore in a Snowstorm 

Seaside Heights vs. Wildwood 

The Corporatization of Seaside Heights


Jennifer said...

I know this is a shock, but coastal communities are resilient, and once the sand is cleared away it may even be better than it looks. Thankfully most of the buildings still appear to be intact, albeit water-damaged, and that's fixable. Take it from a Mississippian who has seen it before after Katrina, once the shock wears off you'll be thankful it wasn't worse. See for instance the remains of the historic district in Pass Christian, MS: http://www.murdoconline.net/pics/cap8.html

Needless to say though, I'm wishing the best for those communities that, like Mississippi, seem to be kind of missing from the television coverage even though they got hit worse than Battery Park, NYC.

Mark Brennan said...

They sure will rebuild, thanks to the munificence of the American taxpayer!

A reasonable man would think to himself, "If I build right on the beach I should expect my house to one day be destroyed by Mother Nature."

But the federal government encourages Americans to act foolishly by implicitly telling them, "Go ahead and build right on the waterline. If anything happens, we will reimburse your reckless behavior."

Economists call this "moral hazard." The left calls it the government's "responsibility" and then howls like a werewolf if anyone questions this moronic largess.