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 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.

Juan Rodriguez
Juan Rodriguez

walls cant stop the rain...

Lisa Pulice
Lisa Pulice

Long over due...and new infrastructure ...building codes

Diane Caliendo
Diane Caliendo

I think it a great idea

Jill Yanous Ferguson
Jill Yanous Ferguson

I guess a wall will work for a while, but with sea levels on the rise, depopulation of certain areas seems to be the smarter and eventual solution to the problem. Actually, they better start thinking about a wall around Manhattan too!

Robert Pritchard
Robert Pritchard

See wall? I agree with your cause, I think it would be better to use that money to hellp the victems of sandy who got screwed by our goverment and insurance companys,the water surge as they call it was 32 ft high which we have never witnessed before so I don't think a sea wall would have helped

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.

Joanna Tierno
Joanna Tierno

Hurricane Sandy was devastating to coastal families on Staten Island. Lives were lost, homes destroyed and victims waited for relief. Insurance companies let down policy holders, displaced residents were not given even the luxury of FEMA trailers to live in until their homes can be fixed, and members of congress debated the Sandy relief bill. We have had enough! As we slowly rebuild our lives we want the security of knowing that we will be protected from future storms. We need to replenish...

Hurricane Sandy was devastating to coastal families on Staten Island. Lives were lost, homes destroyed and victims waited for relief. Insurance companies let down policy holders, displaced residents were not given even the luxury of FEMA trailers to live in until their homes can be fixed, and members of congress debated the Sandy relief bill. We have had enough! As we slowly rebuild our lives we want the security of knowing that we will be protected from future storms. We need to replenish the eroded beaches, add wetlands, make homes & buildings stronger and build a sea wall. Everything the experts recommend should be done. It can't all be done by home owners alone who did not get enough money to even rebuild what they had before Sandy. We need the governments help. We pay taxes & our interests are supposed to be represented. Build us a sea wall. It is not impossible!

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