Ten Endangered U.S. Beach Towns Named

Ten Endangered U.S. Beach Towns Named
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Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York

This barrier island adjacent to Long Island has been hailed as both a model of coastal restoration and a bellwether of potential new problems.

The good: Severe beach erosion in the 1970s has been reversed by the installation of sand-trapping abutments along the shore and the construction of artificial dunes along the beach.

But the downside, according to Nicholas Coch of Queens College of CUNY, New York, is that restoration has encouraged a building boom, vastly magnifying the value of the properties at risk in an era of rising sea levels.

—Richard A. Lovett

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