Jenna Pantophlet
Jenna Pantophlet

building a wall isn't going to prevent much of anything. the reason many trees and other plants are planted in areas that have been devastated is because those are better than any wall at buffering a storm. the walls foundation would eventually give and there would be a more devastating surge because people would've had a false sense of security.

there are too many environmental factors to prevent this from being a good reality.

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Jenna Pantophlet

Trees & wetlands should be part of our plan to protect Staten Island, along with other measures because none are perfect by themselves. Sea surge barriers can & do prevent damage. Are they 100% no, but how many things in life are? To not even TRY to protect Staten Islands low lying coast after all we have been through would be a pathetic and sad reflection on our city. A sea wall should have been built years ago when it was first suggested and perhaps a number of Staten Islanders would...

Trees & wetlands should be part of our plan to protect Staten Island, along with other measures because none are perfect by themselves. Sea surge barriers can & do prevent damage. Are they 100% no, but how many things in life are? To not even TRY to protect Staten Islands low lying coast after all we have been through would be a pathetic and sad reflection on our city. A sea wall should have been built years ago when it was first suggested and perhaps a number of Staten Islanders would still be with us & less homes would be damaged, less people devastated & displaced. Even many Staten Island pets lost in the surge may still be with us. Failure to act now means responsibility for future lives lost as well as future damage to Staten Island.

Rj Cucco
Rj Cucco
  • Jenna Pantophlet

In new dorp on cedar grove there is a big piece of land with loads of trees that block most of cedar grove ave to the beach and new dorp got alot more damage than midland beach where I live and New dorp was flooded almost up to Mill. Did the trees help. I dont know, I wasnt there when the storm surge came in but all I know is that it still flooded with or without the trees.

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Jenna Pantophlet

I was here for the surge in Midland beach & the water came from Midland beach and also from Newdorp beach/Cedar grove. I never thought the water would make it across Miller field but it did. We already do have lots of parks & trees here. Giving some land back to mother nature will help some but to really secure our coastline we need to do everything we can. As people struggle to rebuild we just want to feel like our city is at least trying to protect us.

Stephanie Lee Monsanto
Stephanie Lee Monsanto

Wow, it would be nice if dealing with real life were that simple, to simply go and buy another house in the same town on higher ground.The insurance Company's aren't even designed for disaters and they get cagey about the profit margin in disater prone areas like forrest fire threatened areas in southern Calif(cant get fire ins) or not having flood insurance or having it be too high$ to be able to pay for it. The Government is not running out of money, its all about equitable...

Wow, it would be nice if dealing with real life were that simple, to simply go and buy another house in the same town on higher ground.The insurance Company's aren't even designed for disaters and they get cagey about the profit margin in disater prone areas like forrest fire threatened areas in southern Calif(cant get fire ins) or not having flood insurance or having it be too high$ to be able to pay for it. The Government is not running out of money, its all about equitable distribution/remember "We the people" support the Government via taxes from us-every which way you turn.The conditioning about "we should do it ourselves cuz the gov is out of bucks" is a dangerous hallucination that blames and in some cases abuses/takes advantage of people for their own misfortunes.Im sorry for anyones misfortune and trauma.

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Stephanie Lee Monsanto

True. People who haven't lived through this aren't considering that many people still have a mortgage to pay even if they have no place to live & don't even own a change of socks. They don't know that you can go from middle class to essentially homeless overnight. They may not realize that it is possible to loose your home, car & job all in a day. They don't know that all that insurance they have been paying for may not yield the payout they need just to have heat, hot water & walls...

True. People who haven't lived through this aren't considering that many people still have a mortgage to pay even if they have no place to live & don't even own a change of socks. They don't know that you can go from middle class to essentially homeless overnight. They may not realize that it is possible to loose your home, car & job all in a day. They don't know that all that insurance they have been paying for may not yield the payout they need just to have heat, hot water & walls again. The possible disasters vary state to state but fact is, except for the very rich, we are all vulnerable.

Stephanie Lee Monsanto
Stephanie Lee Monsanto
  • Stephanie Lee Monsanto

Yes , You are so right about this revealing just how vulnerable we really are and how easy it is for the protected to underestimate the Physical /emotional/spiritual/trauma that people are still" in" from Sandy and sadly still, Katrina.Its going to be a beautiful Sea protection wall.People the world over have been building protection walls from the Sea, The Dutch, The Venicians To name a few-Hey why not us!

Kenneth Dow
Kenneth Dow
  • Stephanie Lee Monsanto

Yeah government you gotta love the trailers sitting while people were homeless in New Orleans..or that Miami filed for snow removal and gave government a loop hole to not pay out to hurricanes Charlie and Francais and the other too storms but lets all clammer around New Orleans while people who got hit hard are not even noticed....its a joke State Farm was told to comply with homeowner's insurance in Florida seems they wanted out cause very high risk but still sold car insurance...the...

Yeah government you gotta love the trailers sitting while people were homeless in New Orleans..or that Miami filed for snow removal and gave government a loop hole to not pay out to hurricanes Charlie and Francais and the other too storms but lets all clammer around New Orleans while people who got hit hard are not even noticed....its a joke State Farm was told to comply with homeowner's insurance in Florida seems they wanted out cause very high risk but still sold car insurance...the government told them if they wanted to sell car insurance here they had to reinstate the homeowner's policies....turns out its cheaper for them to pay a fine; so they greased some palms and now car insurance only and I get to watch the sick ass commercials on television "LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR STATE FARM IS THERE....makes me sick.

Dominick Romeo
Dominick Romeo

How about reversing global warming - It can be done and it would be cheaper in comparison to building a see wall around the entire world (and cost effective) where us humans have put our own self at risk.. Where is the petition forcing congress to act on the green house effects, this would be more logical, instead of building walls all over the globe.. I love you guys,,, but, YOUR DROPPING THE BALL ALTHOUGH YOU EFFORTS ARE NOBLE - THIS PETITION DOSE NOT HAVE MY SUPPORT...

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Dominick Romeo

Dominick- I am all for doing EVERYTHING to reduce the risk of disasters. Make a petition!

Gina Faillace Twin Bruno
Gina Faillace Twin Bruno
  • Dominick Romeo

This is crazy not tosgn this si many families on si were effected by this disaster an are still not back in thetehimes..

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Dominick Romeo

Carol Lovaglio - I know.. I am supposed to save the world now! LOL!

Stephanie Rollizo
Stephanie Rollizo

Serious thought should be given to developing a plan to prevent future devastation. A sea wall could be considered as an option, but to do nothing and wait until the next storm surge would be illogical, inhumane, costly and careless!

Linda Gilbert
Linda Gilbert
  • Stephanie Rollizo

good point

Diane Funk
Diane Funk

as much as I have a family and personal history in the island's beach areas, I feel vacating parts and pushing residential areas back further is the answer. shame on recent builders for putting up so-called all year homes without thought to anyone than themselves. these builders put homes then people into lots never suited for anything other than play or park. the oldtime bungalows , having as many as two per lot were the norm back 50 to 100 years ago but shouldn't be today. sorry folks,...

as much as I have a family and personal history in the island's beach areas, I feel vacating parts and pushing residential areas back further is the answer. shame on recent builders for putting up so-called all year homes without thought to anyone than themselves. these builders put homes then people into lots never suited for anything other than play or park. the oldtime bungalows , having as many as two per lot were the norm back 50 to 100 years ago but shouldn't be today. sorry folks, but there are places on earth never meant for human habitation due to probable problems - natural or not. these are such places. a wall? I agree with those who state it is false and giving a false sense of empty security. tottenville had one and sandy took care of that & now what? sometimes too close is exactly that: too close.

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Diane Funk

Have you looked at a map of the areas flooded by Sandy? Many are not so close to the water & are not normally prone to flooding. I agree with you about the most flood prone areas as do many of the residents there who clearly are tired of flooding and are anxiously awaiting a buyout so they can move on with their lives. For the rest of Staten Island it would be foolish & possibly tragic for us to remain sitting ducks for any bad storm when there are steps we can take to prevent future catastrophe.

Diane Funk
Diane Funk
  • Diane Funk

oh i know. parts of the shore from waterside to , say, hylan blvd (i'm not too sure regarding NJ beach areas and how far inland they were affected). this again is not so new. sandy came in with a kind of NY sunami but i also remember wash-outs, as a kid, when high tide came up as far as mill road in new dorp and mason for parts north. you could see the waves caused by passing autos when riding down or up hylan, circa 1950s and home contents sailing out to sea. homes that weren't sturdy , well, weren't anymore or badly damaged.

Denise Scott Mascarelli-Hazen

I am a Sandy Victim we lost everything please sign the petition and Thankyou if you did!

Patti Hazen
Patti Hazen
  • Denise Scott Mascarelli-Hazen

3 different times Crescent Beach got money to rebuild the wall. Each time a politician said it was going to be done. Nothing ever happened, instead they build these parks right on the beach that are destroyed now. Our community has been fighting this since 1992.

Terry Mcpeters
Terry Mcpeters

What ever help I can be Joanna you have it my friend!

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno
  • Terry Mcpeters

Thank you! :)

Richie Alan
Richie Alan

This will save lives!!!

Mildred Peterson
Mildred Peterson

if this is going to help future disasters why not just do it why wait until a disaster strikes don't make sense to wait do it now.

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