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Apr 28, 2015

Is There Any Way to Reclaim Worn Beachfront?

Wilbert Vallejos

As to residents and resorts who have lost their beachfronts to the erosion and whose property values have gone down, is there any way that they can reclaim their lands or get any sort of compensation? Vallejos says that the department will be looking into the matter.

 

Via Phone: Wilbert Vallejos, Lands Commissioner

“Well erosion is an act of nature. Am I correct? It can be most of the times, but clearly in the past, when beach is washed away, what people have attempted to do is reclaim it and find ways to be able to do it. But now, having this situation come about, we have to be very careful because when things like that happen, it has a negative effect somewhere else. So while we want to help the public and ensure that the value of their property does not go down because of them lose the beach, we have to ensure that whatever actions they take to be able to do that that it does not have a negative effect to their neighbor or further down the beach.”

 

Duane Moody

“So basically they need to accept the loss?”

 

Via Phone: Wilbert Vallejos

“Well, like I said, it is either that or a very scientific, intelligent assessment of the entire beach needs to be done, taking into consideration not only that person loss, but the loss that may be caused in trying to recover what the person lost to other people.”

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1 Response for “Is There Any Way to Reclaim Worn Beachfront?”

  1. PSoberanis says:

    To say that erosion is simply an act of nature is false. The fact that erosion patterns can be easily altered by the construction of groynes is a known phenomenon. Such man made structures will change the erosion pattern by displacing the location where the sand would normally settle to the newly constructed groyne.

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