Experts lack data to link injuries to recent projects
By Maddy Lauria | Nov 21, 2014
Molly Murray, The News Journal 4:06 p.m. EDT November 1, 2014
Some residents on Delaware’s ocean coast worry the state is focusing too much on shoreline protection and not enough on safety and recreation.
At issue for Rehoboth Beach resident Ed O’Connor is the limited number of beaches where he can still surf – and even take friends and family swimming – since state and federal renourishment projects started.
“Those beaches have a use, and it’s for recreation,” O’Connor said.
And those bigger, wider beaches, he said, just aren’t as safe for swimming anymore because of the steep dropoffs formed when the beach is elevated and widened.
“DNREC Shoreline and Waterway Management is evaluating potential updates to the regulations governing beach protection and the use of beaches that will increase the effectiveness of the Coastal Construction Program and improve its protection of the beach and dune system.”
These discussions are VERY important to Surfrider!.
Surfrider Foundation has put tremendous effort into quantifying the economic value of non-consumptive coastal recreation. (It excludes fishing & boating economics because those have been well documented.) And the DE Chapter has put tremendous effort into making sure beach replenishment does not create dangerous beaches with no surf which will drive tourists elsewhere. Great treatment of both subjects here http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/delaware/2014/09/25/surfrider-foundation-releases-recreation-study/16240689/
Sea Level Rise Week in DE got some great news coverage on WBOC, video linked below. Many environmental groups in DE worked together to make this week a success. We know sea level rise means more beach replenishment, so we all need to follow this and ask for alternatives.
Movie begins at 7pm, Thursday September 18th, South Coastal Library and Culture Center, 43 Kent Ave, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930
Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities?
A lot has changed along the Delaware coast over the last 33 years, but the building line, a benchmark to protect sand dunes and keep homes and buildings out of them, is not one of them.
In recent months, a panel of building officials, coastal residents, contractors and state regulators have been meeting to look at a regulatory revision…Full Story
By Ryan Mavity | Jul 11, 2014
Beebe reports early summer surf injuries double over last year.
Researchers with Delaware Sea Grant, Beebe Healthcare and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are studying surf conditions to develop a model to better prevent surf injuries.
Doctors at Beebe Healthcare’s emergency department report surf injuries in June were double last year’s total for the month… Full Story
It is an understatement to say the Delaware Chapter is concerned about the impact beach replenishment is having on our surfing resources. But without hysterics and without hyperbole, here is a factual account of where we have come from and where we are now.